Sutton Lake Ready For Annual Dam Tours

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On July 28th, the Sutton Lake Dam will host annual tours that will take intrigued visitors inside the dam to see it’s operating system.

13 News got a closer look as to what people can expect on these yearly tours.

U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Park Ranger, Keith Anne Nuckles said the dam is meant to control flood damage reduction, however, oftentimes people confuse the reduction process with flood prevention.

In the past, she has seen many tour goers question the dam’s relationship to the June 2016 flood, for which there was no connected relation.

Nuckles explained that the dam can’t control mother nature and any natural disaster that occurs downstream of the Elk River.

The dam consists of six levels, standing 210 ft tall, all with its own purpose to allow the dam to function properly, which tour guides will show and explain.

No reservations are required and each tour is kept to about 10 people per group. The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers park rangers encourages visitors to have plenty of questions to ask.

Cameras and videoing will not be allowed inside the dam.

Along with the tours, “That Dam Race” 5k event is set for the same day, brought on by the Braxton County Convention Visitors Bureau, and a strong-man competition to try at a land in the Guinness Book of World Records.

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