State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster), who has represented the Buckeye Lake region for the past 15 years in the Ohio General Assembly, released the following statement in response to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report released by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources concerning the Buckeye Lake dam:

“We can’t take chances with peoples’ lives. Protecting life and property are our top priorities. The Corps, which is the nation’s engineering authority on dam safety & construction, said in the report that if no action is taken, there is significant risk of loss of life and property.”

“But draining the lake should not be an option. The Corps report listed dozens of recommendations that do not require draining the lake.”

“This is a vibrant community, and I will not give up on you. When repairs are being made, we need to guarantee that property, residents and businesses are respected. The lake needs to be functional during repairs to preserve the local economy.”

“Action needs to be taken to ensure the safety of the residents and visitors, while also protecting future enjoyment of the lake for families and businesses. We need to get this right; there is too much at stake.”

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