9/26/18

Remain Aware - Flooding from Hurricane Florence

For those communities still dealing with unprecedented flooding in the wake of Hurricane Florence, we encourage you to continue following the direction of state and local emergency managers and look for updates through your local media sources.

The safety of individuals is the top concern for the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) and for state dam safety programs.

Since Hurricane Matthew in 2015, South Carolina has increased its oversight and inspections of dams and became better prepared to respond to extreme weather events. North Carolina has had a strong dam safety program for many years and has recently added a requirement for dam owners to have an emergency action plan (EAP) in place. However, it is important for all parties, including those in North Carolina and South Carolina, to remain vigilant as even well-maintained dams can present a public safety hazard during extreme weather events. An informational booklet is available on the impact of extreme rainfall events on dams through ASDSO.

We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available.

 


9/11/18

ASDSO Working with State Programs to Prepare for Hurricane Florence

The Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) is in communication with its state representatives and their state dam safety programs to help prepare for Hurricane Florence and to aid in distributing information to the dam safety community and those likely to be impacted by the storm. State dam safety program staff along the Eastern Seaboard are monitoring the situation and are preparing for the potential heavy rainfall, flooding, assistance with state emergency operation centers, and emergency response.

We are also working with our Hawaii state representative to prepare for Tropical Storm Olivia.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has released a statement to its owners and operators urging them to begin lowering water levels. South Carolina has made substantial improvements to its dam safety program following a hurricane in 2015 that resulted in a large number of dam failures. State representatives believe the dams are better prepared for Hurricane Florence.

For those in the Carolinas and along the Eastern Seaboard, as well as in Hawaii, we encourage you to follow the direction of state and local emergency managers and look for updates through your local media sources. The safety of those likely to be impacted by the hurricane is the top concern for ASDSO and the state dam safety programs.

It is important for all parties to remain vigilant as even well-maintained dams can present a public safety hazard during extreme weather events. An informational booklet is available on the impact of extreme rainfall events on dams through ASDSO.

We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available.

 


For state-specific information, visit the ASDSO state pages.

Contact: ASDSO Communications Manager, Katelyn Riley (KRiley@DamSafety.org)