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Cracks in New London dam prompt drawdown of Pleasant Lake

Cracks in the Pleasant Lake dam will force a drawdown of its water level beginning Monday to allow for repairs on the dam’s concrete face wall.

The state Department of Environmental Services Dam Bureau identified the need for repairs, according to a release from the Fish and Game Department.

Tina Helm, chairwoman of the Board of Selectmen in New London, said the cracks were not cause for concern to residents.

“There’s just some cracks that we just needed to be ameliorated,” Helm said. “It’s not serious, but general maintenance.”

The boat ramp on Pleasant Lake will also be repaired, Helm said.

Water levels will be down between 3 and 4 feet, the release said. The repairs should be completed by the end of October, and once completed, the dam gate will be set to winter levels.

Helm was unsure how much the repairs would cost, but she said the town has not been told they would exceed the allotment for routine upkeep in the town’s public works budget.

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