Repairs underway on Lumbee Tribe Cultural Center lake in Robeson County

Repairs underway on Lumbee Tribe Cultural Center lake in Robeson County. (Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina) ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. (WPDE) — The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina is repairing it’s Lumbee Tribe Cultural Center Lake to reopen next year, according to a news release.

The center is considered to be one of the tribe’s most sacred places.

Officials said the lake has been empty since 2016 for design and engineering of the dam repairs after it overtopped during Hurricanes Matthew and Florence.

Repairs started this week on the cultural center lake dam repair project, however, contractors started removing trees last week. Repairs underway on Lumbee Tribe Cultural Center lake in Robeson County. (Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina) The FEMA grant-funded project is expected to “bring the Lumbee Tribe Cultural Center up to the 100-year floodplain mark. “

The release said when the project is complete, “the lake will be filled and the changes are expected to prevent over-topping of the embankment.”

The embankment will be cleared of all trees and an articulated concrete block will be added as wave protection on the upstream slope.

The “downstream slope will receive turf-reinforcement matting to provide erosion control protection. Additional protection will be installed at the primary riser outlet adjacent to the entrance providing additional erosion control near the fishing hole.”The repair project is expected to last six months.

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