Sinkholes in De Pere dam to be repaired

DE PERE, Wis. (WBAY) -- Repairs are underway on the De Pere dam, to the tune of $604,000.

“In order to kind of get in there before new sink holes form, or further damages them to the connecting dike, we requested funding through the Army Corps of Engineers emergency funding,” says Esther Johnson, Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The dam, located in the center of the city, connects the east and west banks of De Pere, over the Fox River.

Crews began work on Monday November 12, to repair multiple sinkholes in the dam area.

“There is continual maintenance that has to occur on each one of these dams and levies, because they've been, they've been in the water, for … well over 160 years,” says Jeremy Cords, Chief Executive Officer, Fox River Navigational System Authority.

Because the centuries’ old dam system has some outdated materials, the update will help loch experts control the water level in that part of the Fox River.

Repairs will also keep nearby Voyageur Park free of flooding.

“The importance of kind of maintaining that structure and infrastructure is, I would say, risk of life and ability to also operate and maintain the dam,” Johnson explains.

Construction is set to wrap on January 8.