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Engineers working to strengthen Lake Manatee dam

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Lake Manatee is a primary water source for the area. Lake Manatee is a primary water source for the area.
Lake Manatee is a primary water source for the area. Lake Manatee is a primary water source for the area.
Lake Manatee is a primary water source for the area. Lake Manatee is a primary water source for the area.
Lake Manatee is a primary water source for the area. Lake Manatee is a primary water source for the area.
Lake Manatee is a primary water source for the area. Lake Manatee is a primary water source for the area.
MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Engineers are trying to figure out how to fix the Lake Manatee dam, which is in danger of failing.

The dam is located in east Manatee County, just south of Rutland Road.

Crews need to fix it quickly before the rainy season arrives. Engineers say the problem lies underground. There's some soil behind the dam that's eroding and if the problem isn't stopped, it could cause the dam to break.

The spill would not only affect residents downstream, but residents throughout the area since Lake Manatee is a primary water source.    

Mark Stukey operates Ray's Canoe Hideaway. He rents out canoes and kayaks for day trippers.

With his job, he has to keep an eye on the water level. About ten years ago, a huge rain storm flooded out the entire area.

"We've had it rolling through our boathouse windows, so that's pretty substantial rainfall," Stukey said.

He's at risk of seeing that again.

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