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Millions going to Summers County for Bluestone Dam improvements

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HINTON, W.Va. -- Around $9.6 million is on its way to Summers County for improvements to the Bluestone Dam.

The announcement was made on Friday by U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall. He said the funding will be used to install additional rock anchors to strengthen the dam and its flood storage capacity.

According to the Associated Press, Bluestone began operations in 1949, and plans were unveiled about 14 years ago to bring it up to modern standards. The current project intends to strengthen the dam's stability and allow for increased discharge capacity.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the dam has prevented nearly $5 billion in flood damage to those living along the New and Kanawha rivers.
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