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Grayson Lake to Offer Public Tours on June 4

Published May 17, 2016

HUNTINGTON, W.Va – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Grayson Lake in Grayson, Ky., will offer tours to the public on June 4, 2016, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. The tours are 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 Control Tower at 50 Launch Ramp Road in Grayson.

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 (NDSP) <http://www.fema.gov/site-page/about-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 <http://www.fema.gov/protecting-our-communities/dam-safety>

 


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