HUNTINGTON, W.Va – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at J.W. Flannagan Lake in Haysi, Va., in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, will host the Dickenson County Kid’s Fishing Day and offer dam tours to the public on May 6, 2017.
The Kid’s Fishing Day will begin at 8 a.m. at the Below Dam Recreation Area at John W. Flannagan Lake. All children ages 15 and younger are invited to participate. Be sure to bring your own fishing equipment, bait and lunch. Trout Unlimited will be on hand for fly tying lessons and a casting demonstration.
Park Rangers will provide dam tours from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to help promote National Dam Safety Awareness. Visitors will learn why and how the dam was built, how it’s operated and the benefits the project brings to the local area. No reservation is required to attend this free public event, but adults must bring identification (such as a driver’s license), and cameras are not permitted. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
National Dam Safety Awareness Day occurs each year on May 31 to commemorate the failure of the South Fork Dam in Johnstown, Pennsylvania in 1889. That failure resulted in the loss of more than 2,200 lives and was the worst dam failure in the history of the United States.
National Dam Safety Awareness Day was created to encourage and promote individual and community responsibility for dam safety, as well as to provide information on what steps can be taken to prevent future catastrophic dam failures. A secondary goal is to promote the benefits dams offer to communities and to encourage individual and community responsibility for dam safety.
For more information on National Dam Safety Awareness Day, visit http://engineeringstrongersafer.net/ or www.fema.gov/protecting-our-communities/dam-safety
For questions about the tour call the John W. Flannagan Lake Office at: 276-835-9544.
Release no. 17-009