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Southeast Iowa celebrating 100 years of Lock, Dam and Power Plant


When you flip the light switch on how often do you think about where your power is coming from?

The Keokuk-Hamilton Dam has been producing power for Tri-State residents for 100 years now.

So, now a century old, how much longer can we depend on the plant?

Next weekend's trolley rides across the Keokuk-Hamilton Dam will give many people a rare opportunity to tour the dam from up close.

But for retired plant manager Bill Vorhies that isn't the case.

Vorhies spent 39 years working in the plant and says it's been good for the area.

"It provided opportunities not only to work, but it really helped the community," said Vorhies.

The plant employees 32 people today and outsources enough energy to power 75,000 homes in Iowa, Missouri and Illinois.

And current plant superintendent Larry Weiman says despite it's age, the plant is still strong because of regular maintenance.

"We have done a lot of upgrades. A lot of automation in the last 30 years. Some of the civil works as far as the top of the dam and some of the piers. It's been a lot of money on the equipment as well," said Weiman.

Weiman says the plant still uses four original turbines and those will be replaced in the next five years.

Weiman says based on the current condition of the plant, he predicts it will be in operation for years to come.

"A lot of people ask what is the life of the plant and how long are you going to be there and so fourth and we've been here for 100 years, and I see no reason why we can't be hear another 100 years for sure," said Weiman.

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