TECUMSEH, Mo. – Dawt Mill has filed a permit with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to remove a portion of the dam.
The 100-plus-year-old dam was put in the spotlight when a 13-year-old girl drowned after being sucked through an opening in the structure. The opening occurred following flooding in 2013.
In the permit, Dawt Mill asks for permission to remove the north end of the dam, leaving only the stabilized portion closest to the mill.
In a statement Dawt Mill said:
RKL Construction of West Plains has been hired to complete the project. Excavators will remove the north half of the dam past the middle, leaving the stabilized portion of the dam in tact. Dam rubble will be hauled away to use on county road stabilization. As soon as all parties are satisfied with the plan and the hellbender salamander has been handled appropriately, the project will move forward. Progress, cost and timelines are river dependent with low water conditions being ideal. We are grateful to have the cooperation and assistance of all the agencies involved.
Dawt Mill told KOLR 10 back in June, potential environmental concerns, including the impact on the hellbender salamander, stalled a previous effort to make changes to the dam.
It’s unknown how long the USACE review process will take.