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City of Cumming has no plans to rebuild Lake Alice dam

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CUMMING, GA (CBS46) -

The city of Cumming said it will make repairs in the area where Lake Alice dam burst four months ago, but it has no plans to rebuild the dam.

City officials said they reached an agreement with the Mashburn family that owns much of the property in the area.

When the dam was breached, it sent water from the lake rushing downstream and into a cove along Lake Lanier. Residents said they now have several feet of sediment built up along their docks.

"With the silt and sediment that has been adding up, I've lost four feet of water depth," said Dan Delnoce, who lives along Lake Alice cove. "Does it mean anything now when we're a foot or foot-and-a-half above full pool? Absolutely not. But what happens when we're two and three feet below full pool?"

Delnoce and other residents said their property values will go down if the cove is not dredged.

"You can't do a whole lot down at your dock with all the mud," said Ron Kowalsky. "It's supposed to be a lake, not mud."

Cumming Planning Director Scott Morgan said engineers determined the cove does not need to be dredged. Crews, however, will dredge the area near Sanders Road that has been closed since the breach.

"We're all in the dark about it because it needs to be addressed," said Quin Frank. "We need  to be told something so we know what's happening and what the timing's going to be."

The city has submitted its remediation plan to the state Environmental Protection Division. Once it receives approval, work will begin.

Some residents have sent a letter to the city that said they are considering legal action.

"Sooner or later, it needs to be finished, and then we can get back to our lives the way we used to be," said Frank.

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