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Repairs begin on 160-foot landslide at Lewisville dam

DALLAS (AP) — Weather-delayed repairs have begun on a Dallas-area dam where a 160-foot landslide raised concerns about more soil slipping.

Bristol General Contractors was hired to do $6.4 million in repairs at Lewisville Lake Dam and now has crews at the site. Experts say there’s no immediate threat to the more than 6-mile dam or downstream areas.

Lewisville Lake manager Rob Jordan says the landslide appeared in late June after record rainfall hit North Texas. Work was to begin after Thanksgiving but heavy rain delayed repairs overseen by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Officials say repairs should be finished by summer.

Experts say such slides are typical on earthen-rolled dams. The water remains high, with the lake almost 7 feet above conservation pool levels.

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