Reports of Public Safety Incidents in the News: 2022

The ASDSO Public Safety Around Dams Committee tracks U.S. dam incidents reported in the news. This is not a comprehensive list of all incidents in the United States in a given year, and the entries are created (or excluded) using the best information available to us at the time. If you see an error or would like to provide additional information, please contact Katelyn Riley at [email protected].


Incidents: 4
Deaths: 5
Major Injuries: 0
Condition Unknown: 0

In order of most recent:

Wisconsin: Firefighters Rescue Three Jet Ski Passengers From Peshtigo River. Peshtigo Times. 5/18/2022.
Quote: "As the jet ski washed swiftly under the bridge on its journey toward the dam the driver and his passengers were able to grab a cable that ran under the bridge. The two women managed to move themselves to nearby buoys, and the man hung onto the cable with one hand and the jet ski with the other until help arrived."

Oregon: Officials warn of 'drowning machine' dams after river deaths, high water. Register-Guard. 5/13/2022.
Quote: "Both were found dead in the river south of Monroe days after leaving for their trip, in what the sheriff's office believes to be accidental drowning. Investigators now think that going over a low head dam, colloquially known as "drowning machines," factored into the tragedy."
Deaths: 2.

Pennsylvania: Lebanon man and mother were fishing near low head dam in Swatara Creek before they died. Lebanon Daily News. 4/26/2022.
Quote: "A mother and son died after they were pulled from the Swatara Creek Sunday near Jonestown. [...]  [The] people on the dam Sunday fishing went through private property and totally ignored the warning signs."
Deaths: 2.

MissouriCalifornia man drowns after jumping into Table Rock Lake. KTLO. 4/19/2022.
Quote: "A California man has drowned after jumping into Table Rock Lake Monday afternoon. [...] According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Ross jumped off the Table Rock Dam spillway on Missouri Highway 165 and into the lake. "
Deaths: 1.

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