HUNTINGTON, W.Va – As part of the celebration of National Dam Safety Awareness Day, Beech Fork Dam will offer tours of the dam to the public on May 29, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Members of the community are invited to learn more about the role of Beech Fork Lake in their community as well as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers management and maintenance of the Dam. Tours will begin at the Beech Fork Lake Visitor’s Center located at 3784 Beech Fork Road, Lavalette, W.Va.
Visitors must wear closed-toed shoes and long pants. Cameras are not permitted. Safety equipment, including hard hats and gloves, will be provided for the tours. Large groups should schedule in advance of the event. For information or questions contact the Beech Fork Lake Office at 304-525-4831.
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.
For 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.
Visit http://engineeringstrongersafer.net/ today to find out how you can support National Dam Safety Awareness Day in your community. Additional information on national dam safety is available at: www.fema.gov/protecting-our-communities/dam-safety
Release no. PA 15-23