HUNTINGTON, W.Va – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at
Tappan Lake in Uhrichsville, Ohio, will offer tours to the public on May 26,
2016, from noon to 2 p.m. The tour is being offered as part of the observation
of National Dam Safety Awareness Day.
To take the tour, the public is invited to meet at the
Tappan Dam Project Office at 86801 Eslick Road in Uhrichsville.
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. For 30 years, the federal government has been working to
protect Americans from dam failure through the National Dam Safety Program
. 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.
For more information on National Dam Safety Awareness
Day, visit http://engineeringstrongersafer.net/ or www.fema.gov/protecting-our-communities/dam-safety
For more information, call 740-269-2681.
Release no. PA 16-020