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Northeastern Oklahoma lake closed due to dam breach

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Cushing Lake was closed after damage to the dam was observed. (City of Cushing/Facebook) Cushing Lake was closed after damage to the dam was observed. (City of Cushing/Facebook)

CUSHING, Okla. (AP) — Officials have closed a recreational lake in northeastern Oklahoma while they monitor a dam breach in the area.

Cushing City Manager Terry Brannon said a breach was detected in a concrete structure beneath the dam at Cushing Lake near Cushing, about 55 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

Officials say the breach is allowing water to pass unrestricted into the Cimarron River, but the flow remains controlled, meaning that there hasn't been a complete dam failure.

"The flow of water has dramatically decreased, lessening the danger of a complete failure of the spillway," Cushing said in a Facebook post on Monday morning.

Owned by the city of Cushing, Cushing Lake is about nine miles west of Cushing, an oil hub with 300 storage tanks. Officials say the area affected by the breach includes fields and livestock but no structures.

Authorities say police are notifying property owners and others with livestock downstream of the dam.

KTEN.com contributed to this report.

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