Klamath Falls officials concerned about levee leaks

KLAMATH FALLS — Officials are concerned about two small leaks in an earthen levee on Upper Klamath Lake at Klamath Falls.

Klamath County Emergency Manager Bill Thompson says the first leak became known Saturday and the second leak developed about 12 feet away this week.

The water is running harmlessly into a pasture. But officials are concerned the leaks could lead to the failure of the levee. Thompson say that would put at least 50 homes in danger of flooding.

Officials are unable to determine just how serious the situation is. But they told residents in the area to be prepared to evacuate.

The leaks are near the Geary Dike, which failed in June 2006, resulting in the flooding of 2,000 acres of farmland.

— The Associated Press

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