Dam Safety Lives Today: It's Not Just An Historic Event
National Dam Safety Awareness Day Is May 31st
National Dam Safety Awareness Day occurs each year on May 31 to commemorate the failure of the South Fork Dam in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on May 31, 1889. The Johnstown disaster was the worst dam failure in the history of the United States, with over 2,200 lives lost. National Dam Safety Awareness Day was created to encourage and promote individual and community responsibility and best practices for dam safety, and what steps people can take to either prevent future catastrophic dam failures or lessen the impact if a failure was to occur. Another important goal of National Dam Safety Awareness Day is to promote the benefits that dams offer.
Click here to go to the Johnstown, PA Flood Memorial Website.
And visit the blog spot entitled "Our National Calamity: The Great Easter 1913 Flood" to read a blog post on the Johnstown Flood co-authored by Indiana Dam Safety Chief Ken Smith. In the posting, Smith explores how the entirely preventable tragedy of the Johnstown Flood illustrates three potentially fatal myths about the safety of dams that persist today. Read his thoughts in “An Unnecessary Tragedy: The Johnstown Flood."