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VENTURA COUNTY ROUNDUP | LAKE CASITAS

Dam Reinforcement Is Focus of Meeting

April 19, 1999|GARY POLAKOVIC

The dam holding back Lake Casitas is at risk of collapse in the event of a big quake, according to officials.

Officials would like to reinforce it, though doing so will weaken it temporarily. Warning sirens are being installed in case of a collapse, which would threaten 14,000 people.

Those concerned may attend a public workshop on the project at 7 tonight at De Anza Middle School, 2060 Cameron St., in Ventura.

Work on the dam, expected to cost about $40 million and last two years, is scheduled to begin in June. A flood early-warning system is being installed between now and then.

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