HUNTINGTON, W.Va – - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will conduct an open house and provide tours of Grayson Dam in Grayson, Ky., on Saturday, May 12, 2018, from noon until 3 p.m.
The Grayson Lake Staff will be informing visitors about the Corps missions, water safety and the Grayson Lake project history. Visitors will be allowed to enter the top floor of the dam’s intake structure where staff members will discuss the operation of the tower and the dam. Tours are free to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
The open house and tour is part of events nationwide leading up to the observation of National Dam Safety Awareness Day, which occurs on May 31 of each year to commemorate the failure of the South Fork Dam in Johnstown, Pennsylvania in 1889. The dam 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.
For more than 30 years, the federal government has been working to protect Americans from dam failure through the National Dam Safety Program (NDSP). The NDSP, which is led by FEMA, is a partnership of the states, Federal agencies, and other stakeholders to encourage individual and community responsibility for dam safety. The U.S Army Corps of Engineers supports these efforts.
While dams provide many benefits to communities, such as recreation, storage of drinking water and improvement of wildlife habitats, they can also pose a significant flood risk if they fail. Dam safety is a shared responsibility and everyone is encouraged to know their risk (and benefits), know their role, and take action.
If you have questions, please contact Grayson Lake at: 606-474-5815.