Latest Dams News

‘Ghost boat’ rides the waters of a troubled former lake

May. 22, 2022 00:16 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Drivers on the Beltline in West Raleigh may catch a glimpse of two people fishing from a boat, mouths agape, seemingly celebrating the catch one of them is pulling in. It’s a peaceful scene, except that the two people, and the fish, are skeletons, and the...

1 of 2 runaway barges pulled from Potomac to shore

May. 12, 2022 17:58 PM EDT

WILLIAMSPORT, Md. (AP) — One of two construction barges that floated down the Potomac River amid flooding over the weekend was pulled to shore Thursday, according to a National Park Service official. The river slowed enough for a tug boat and two other boats to safely retrieve the...

AP: WA has 50 dams in 'poor' condition that need repairs

May. 09, 2022 17:26 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A small earthen dam in Stevens County that was rated the worst in the state in 2016 had a slightly improved condition when it was re-inspected in 2021, according to an analysis released this week by The Associated Press. The Van Stone Pit Lake Dam was the only...

Frail North Dakota dam 'not out of the woods' from flooding

May. 09, 2022 17:06 PM EDT

CAVALIER, N.D. (AP) — An engineer heading planned reconstruction of an aging dam in northeastern North Dakota warned the state's governor Monday that upcoming rainfall could add pressure to the earthen structure already weakened by flooding. Zach Hermann, of Fargo-based Houston...

North Dakota dam, fortified by sandbags, seems to be holding

May. 05, 2022 17:27 PM EDT

WALHALLA, N.D. (AP) — An aging earthen dam in a rural area of northeastern North Dakota besieged by high waters was holding Thursday after National Guard members placed 213 sandbags weighing 1 ton each, local officials said. The Bourbanis Dam is a high-hazard flood control...

Condition of some US dams kept secret in national database

May. 05, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

Americans wondering whether a nearby dam could be dangerous can look up the condition and hazard ratings of tens of thousands of dams nationwide using an online database run by the federal government. But they won't find the condition of Hoover Dam, which impounds one the nation's...

AP analysis finds growing number of poor, high-hazard dams

May. 05, 2022 16:32 PM EDT

Constructed four generations ago, the massive rock and clay dam at El Capitan Reservoir is capable of storing over 36 billion gallons of water, enough to supply every resident in San Diego for most of a year. Today, it's three-quarters empty, intentionally kept low because of...

AP analysis finds growing number of poor, high-hazard dams

May. 05, 2022 15:16 PM EDT

More than 2,200 dams built upstream from homes or communities are in poor condition across the U.S., likely endangering lives if they were to fail, according to an Associated Press analysis. The number of high-hazard dams in need of repairs is up substantially from a similar AP...

AP analysis: Dams across New York pose potential threat

May. 05, 2022 10:51 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Dozens of dams in poor condition across New York state are upstream from homes, highways or businesses, posing potential threats to people if they fail. An Associated Press analysis found 90 “high-hazard” dams in New York that also were rated in poor...

Report says Michigan 2020 dam failures were 'preventable'

May. 04, 2022 19:56 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The failure of two Michigan dams that forced evacuation of 10,000 people and destroyed 150 homes was “foreseeable and preventable,” resulting from errors and miscalculations over nearly a century, an expert panel said Wednesday. The Edenville Dam on...