DNR says Vern Wolfe Lake draw down should prevent overtopping of dam; Highway 75 still closed

The Vern Wolfe Lake Dam  is at the left in this screenshot of a Google map.

The Vern Wolfe Lake Dam is at the left in this screenshot of a Google map.

The draw down of water at  Vern Wolfe Lake in the Richard Bong State Recreation area has been successful enough that DNR experts no longer fear the lake overtopping its dam, a statement released this afternoon says.

However, Highway 75, which is about 50 feet away from the dam, continues to be closed for now between Highway JB and 18th Street.

Here is the whole statement from the DNR:

Water levels have been reduced on Vern Wolf Lake in the Richard Bong State Recreation Area in Kenosha County, eliminating the threat of water overtopping the dam that forms the lake. Department of Natural Resources staff removed all boards on the dam structure that could be removed and the water level dropped 6 inches overnight and more than a foot and a half since last Friday. State Highway 75 remains closed from State Highway 142 to County Highway JB. Several trails within Richard Bong State Recreation Area are also closed around the lake. DNR Bong staff will continue regular monitoring of water levels and the dam. “Although we have lots of rain predicted, the threat of water overtopping the dam is no longer with the drop of water levels,” said Jennifer C. Niemeyer, DNR warden supervisor for Racine, Kenosha and Walworth counties.

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