Crews patch hole at Lake Waxhoma dam

BARNSDALL, Okla. — Teams with the Oklahoma Rural Water Association, the Oklahoma Corp of Engineers, Oklahoma Water Resources Board and officials with Osage County temporarily repaired a break in the Lake Waxhoma spillway.

The leak was discovered on Wednesday. The dam is located four miles east of Barnsdall in Osage County.

Early Thursday, crews got the hole filled and it took about 550 tons of 24 inch rock, officials said.

Residents who live near the breach are not under immediate threat, but residents are urged to stay informed as the situation could change quickly said Jimmy Seago, ORWA Deputy CEO.

Roads near the breach are closed as a precaution.

“It was a complete breach,” said Jerry Roberts, director of Osage County Emergency Management.

The dam holds the water supply for the Barnsdall area.

An unknown leak or possibly the heavy rain the last few days, are believed to be the cause of the breach, officials said.

Crews are filling the hole with rocks, a temporary solution until a permanent solution can be approved.