Crews temporarily fix portion of 100-year-old dam

The 100-year-old Gun Lake Dam in Shelbyville. (May 28, 2015)

SHELBYVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — A dam in Shelbyville has been temporarily fixed after a portion of the dam started to fail Wednesday.

Several truck loads of gravel were brought in Thursday to fortify the 100-year-old Gun Lake Dam. This is just a temporary fix, according to Jess Fischer, an environmental quality analyst with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for the Grand Rapids district.

Neighbors tell 24 Hour News 8 the dam started to fail Wednesday morning.

Fischer said the DEQ is in discussions with the Barry County Drain Commission about what the next steps will be, but the preliminary plan is to replace the dam. He says it would likely take a couple of months to replace it.

The county plans to monitor the dam daily. Fischer says if the dam would have burst, it could have significantly damaged Marsh Road and possibly caused water levels to drop slightly on Gun Lake.

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