Press Room & News

Updated 3/13/14

Latest Dam & Levee Safety News

The content on this page is intended only as a summary of information published in various news outlets.  ASDSO does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficacy or timeliness of such information. Visit the ASDSO Online Bibliography to see more news articles.


Roster Of Victims Made For St. Francis Dam Failure’s 86th Anniversary. 3/12/14, Journal/KHTS Radio - Santa Clarita
Graduate student creates updated roster of victims from St. Francis Dam Failure as part of thesis.

$176.3M budgeted for Pittsburgh District civil works projects. 3/11/14, Journal/Pittsburgh Business Times
Dam safety project in Elk County to receive $64.8 million for seepage issues.

United Kingdom
Memorial for 1864 South Yorkshire flood victims. 3/13/14, Journal/Gainsborough Standard
Yorkshire Water and the British Dam Society fund memorial stone for victims of Dale Dyke dam failure.

Utility studying repair options. 3/12/14, Journal/Bellingham Herald
PUD exploring repair possibilities, which may include use of steel anchors.


CMU takes on challenge of aging dams. 2/22/14, Journal/Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh
Carnegie Mellon students work with Army Corps of Engineers "to develop a system that will help officials identify which high-risk dams need action."

51 Dams Removed to Restore Rivers in 2013. 2/20/14, Journal/National Geographic News
Highlights major dam removals of 2013.

$120 million for flood projects in Sacramento region. 3/6/14, Journal/Sacramento Bee
Money to go toward projects such as Folsom Dam raise, and American River and Marysville levee improvements.

State bracing for spring runoff to hit flood-damaged roads. 2/27/14, Journal/
Panelists discuss state's dams at 2013 Colorado Flood Forum.

Buford Dam checked often for safety concerns. 2/22/14, Journal/Gainsville Times
Discussion of inspection process at Buford Dam.

10th Anniversary of Mississippi Dam Failure Highlights Importance of Emergency Action Plans. 3/5/14, Journal/Press Release - Association of State Dam Safety Officials

FWP plans better warning signs for dangerous Bitterroot River dam. 3/10/14, Journal/Ravalli Republic
Large red signs will warn others of hazardous low-head dam on Bitterroot River.

New Hampshire
Study on Bellamy River dam removal to be heard. 3/1/14, Foster's Daily Democrat
Dover Conservation Commission to hear results of study on feasibility of removing two Bellamy River dams; high maintenance costs cited as reason.

North Carolina
Report: DENR knew about pipe but didn’t inspect it. 3/9/14, Journal/ - NC

Dam safety inspection at Cliffside Plant; further monitoring results from the Dan River. 3/4/14, NC DNR Press Release
NC Dam Safety staff inspected the ash pond structure at Duke Energy Cliffside Steam Station; report expected to be available 3/5/14.

Dams, and questions, separate coal ash from water supply. 3/1/14, Charlotte Observer
NC lawmakers directed state dam safety program to inspect ash ponds in 2010 but dam owners not required to provide documentation to state.

NC regulators wary of dam at Fuquay lake failing. 2/26/14, Journal/WRAL TV- Raleigh
Increase in erosion leads to drawdown of earthen dam.

Washington County Chair Andy Duyck to testify on Scoggins Dam before U.S. Senate committee. 2/26/14, Journal/
Official to testify in favor of bill that would remove construction caps for work on dams.

Costly inspection ordered for dam. 3/2/14, Indiana Gazette
PA Division of Dam Safety orders geotechnical investigation of 106-year-old Cummings Dam; estimated cost: $250,000. In 2008, Indiana County spent $240,000 - most of this from a grant - to replace dam's underwater sluice gates.

United Kingdom
Memorial events mark 150th anniversary of Great Sheffield Flood. 3/9/14, Journal/Daily Mail - UK
Overview of Sheffield dam failure (UK), including photo gallery.

The Forgotten Flood: Sheffield's tragic past remembered. 3/10/14, Journal/BBC
March 11th marks 150th anniversary of Sheffield dam failure (UK).

65-Foot-Long Crack in Washington Dam Repairs Itself. 3/6/14, Journal/

‘Serious problem’: 65-foot crack found in Columbia River dam. 2/28/14, Seattle Times
Water levels behind 55-year-old dam lowered 20 ft after 2-in-wide, 65-ft-long crack discovered at base of spillway pier.

West Virginia
Remember When: Feb. 26, 1972 - Flooding Kills 125, Following Collapse Of Coal Waste Dam At Buffalo Creek (Part 1). 2/26/14, Journal/WCHS-TV8 - Charleston
Part 1 of 2 in a series recalling the Buffalo Creek dam failure of 1972; eyewitness video included.

Remember When: Feb. 26, 1972 - Flooding Kills 125, Following Collapse Of Coal Waste Dam At Buffalo Creek (Part 2). 2/26/14, Journal/WCHS-TV8 - Charleston
Part 2 of 2 in a series recalling the Buffalo Creek dam failure of 1972.



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