Dams safe and sound, despite quakes

February 20, 2014

If you felt the ground shake last weekend, you’re not alone. Many people across the Savannah River Basin and beyond reported tremors during earthquakes February 14 and February 16. However, according to the U-S Army Corps of Engineers, you can rest assured—-the government’s dams are safe and sound. After each quake, a corps team began inspecting the Thurmond, Russell and Hartwell dams and their related embankments and structures, including the two diversion dams at Clemson University. On-site inspectors conducted visual checks with security cameras. All preliminary inspections are now complete and no structural damage or abnormalities were reported.

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