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johstownflood - Brad Anders Engr 100 Johnstown Flood On the...

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Brad Anders 10/22/07 Engr 100 Johnstown Flood On May 31, 1889 the South Fork Dam failed and flooded the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Two thousand, two hundred and nine people lost their lives in the tragedy that combined a neglected and unrepaired dam with a strong storm that created a massive flash flood. We, as engineers, can take this catastrophe and learn how nature affects our structures and that regular safety checks are needed for every structure. The failure of the South Fork Dam was a result of the dam being neglected and uncared for as well as a very strong storm that dumped large amounts of rain over the area and behind the dam. The dam was completed in 1852 and very little maintenance was done on it before the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club bought it despite the fact that it had already failed in 1862. Very little damage was done in this flood but the fact still remains that there was a dam failure before the major flood in 1889. Someone either needed to tell the new owners of the dam that there had been a prior failure and that there
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This lab report was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course ENGR 100 taught by Professor Engineering during the Spring '08 term at Ole Miss.

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