Dam Safety: What You Need to Know

News posted May 30, 2018 - 6:00 am
Northshore Lake Dam

Dams play an important role in maintaining the City’s drinking water supply and flood control measures. They even are connected to many of the City’s recreational facilities where residents can swim, boat, picnic, and fish. While the City loves for you to visit local lakes, don't forget that a dam may be nearby.

Here are a few dam safety tips:

  • Be aware of where the dam and spillway, which is the channel that carries excess water from the dam, are located on the lake or river (each body of water is different, but the structures should be easy to spot);
  • While storing water in a dam provides many benefits for the community, containing large amounts of water can be hazardous. Dams may fail during or after large rain storms. Please pay attention to any emergency warnings in your neighborhood and for any areas located downstream of dams where flooding is more likely to occur;
  • Keep a safe distance from all dam and spillway structures. You may get stuck in the current if you get too close to the top or bottom of the dam where water is released; and,
  • In an emergency, call 911.

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