Parts of Dam still off limits

Sheriff had stated action was taken in response to a threat

Closures remain in place at the Kinzua Dam roughly five days since recreations areas were closed due to an “ongoing law enforcement issue.”

“There are no concerns with the operation or structural integrity of the dam. The downstream viewing platform and downstream boat launch are both open and available for use. We can’t comment beyond that,” Pittsburgh District Public Affairs Officer Jeff Hawk said on Monday.

On Monday, the Dam posted the following statement to Facebook.

“Thank you for your continued patience, we wanted to provide an update regarding the status of Kinzua. The downstream viewing platform and downstream boat launch are both open and available for use. As new information becomes available we will share both on social media and on the Kinzua Dam website. That you again for your patience.”

The dam parking lot, dam pedestrian access area, Visitor Information Center parking lot, Visitor Information Center building and downstream picnic area were closed last Thursday.

“These measures are intended to be only temporary and we hope to be able to return to our normal posture in the near future,” officials said. “We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.”

Hawk was quick to note on Thursday that this is “not a dam safety issue,” is not a problem tied to the stability and operation of the dam and is also not a funding issue.

“We will open up those areas once law enforcement inform(s us) the issue has been resolved,” Hawk said. “We can’t put a timeline on it.”

Sheriff Ken Klakamp said Thursday that the action was precautionary in response to a threat.

“We don’t want people to worry about something structurally wrong with the dam,” Hawk said. “There’s nothing wrong (with the Dam).”

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