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125 years after Johnstown flood,
U.S. dams need expensive fix

Los Angeles Times, by Maria L. LaGanga

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Posted By:StormCnter, 6/1/2014 5:29:01 AM

The last Friday in May dawned wet and stayed that way. Merchants in blue-collar Johnstown, Pa., hauled their wares to their buildings’ upper stories to wait out the expected flooding. Families moved furniture and stockpiled supplies. But nothing prepared Johnstown for what happened that afternoon. The South Fork Dam broke, sending millions of tons of water hurtling down the Little Conemaugh River with more violence than Niagara Falls, picking up houses and trees and rocks and bodies as it decimated villages in southwestern Pennsylvania. More than 2,200 men, women and children died that day, making the Johnstown flood of 1889 “the largest

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: privateer, 6/1/2014 7:06:30 AM     (No. 9869019)

FTA: “We estimated that to upgrade all the dams that need upgrading, it would take $53.69 billion,” said Lori Spragens, executive director of the Assn. of State Dam Safety Officials. So....5% of the stimulus bill for "shovel-ready jobs" would have upgraded all our dams in need. But then several greedy Friends Of Obama couldn´t have had their payoffs.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: chance_232, 6/1/2014 7:22:15 AM     (No. 9869032)

Unless the dam is federally owned, repairing it should be borne by the state that does own it. Period!

State legislatures´ wont spend 50 billion for infrastructure repairs because it´s not sexy and not something that they can put their names on. 50 billion is better spent buying votes. I.e NEW roads, New dams, New Community Centers, New handouts, New Entitlements.

If the states hold out long enough, they can get matching funds from the fed when the problem becomes a crisis, or wait until the system fails and have the fed pay for it.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: franq, 6/1/2014 7:41:43 AM     (No. 9869049)

I thought the sentiment was to tear dams down, because they hurt the environment.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 6/1/2014 8:29:05 AM     (No. 9869094)

People living in those days didn´t realize that climate caused that.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Axeman, 6/1/2014 10:42:49 AM     (No. 9869240)

53.69 bil?
That´s a lot of 0bamaphones.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: RancherJack, 6/1/2014 11:33:50 AM     (No. 9869295)

No, no no ... all federal money must be diverted to inner city Blacks and rich white Democrat donors.

Dammit people, get with the program.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 6/1/2014 4:11:25 PM     (No. 9869487)

might be a good idea. But the money mentioned here would probably be entirely eaten up in lawyer fees as the Enviro-Nazi types (you know who you are) kept the matter tied up in courts for decades before any work might be done. "environmental impact studies" of thousands of pages, and probably 20 years. And then one of the homosexual federal judges with delusions of adequacy would shut the matter down and require a restart.
We are living in Heinlein´s "Crazy Years".

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