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Downstream development reclassifies Evans dam as high hazard

Saturday, July 13, 2013 5:16 PM
Last updated Sunday, July 14, 2013 12:27 AM
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The Augusta area includes hundreds of dams sprawled across farmland, subdivisions and golf courses – yet only a handful meet the criteria for classification as a “high hazard” Category I structure.

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Wind­mill Plantation subdivision dam in Evans was reclassified from a low hazard to a Category I high hazard dam.  FILE/STAFF
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Wind­mill Plantation subdivision dam in Evans was reclassified from a low hazard to a Category I high hazard dam.

The newest addition to the list of dams where a failure could cause “a probable loss of human life” is in Colum­­bia County, where the Wind­mill Plantation subdivision dam in Evans was reclassified from a low hazard to a Category I high hazard dam last year.

The August 2012 change was based on the businesses built along William Few Parkway since the dam’s last inspection, said Pam Tucker, the director of the county’s Emergency & Operations Division.

The change in status doesn’t mean the structure is in danger of failure or in poor condition, but that more homes and businesses have been built in its downgrade path.

“The Greenbrier Pre­school and Daycare Center and the homes at 2983 and 2985 William Few Parkway located approximately 500 feet downstream of the dam have been judged to be within the dam failure zone,” wrote EPD Director Judson Turner, in a Sept. 7, 2012, letter to the Windmill Property Owners Association.

Another Category I dam in Columbia County is in Woodbridge subdivision. The 33-acre lake, built in 1973, was modified after the Safe Dams Act was adopted.

Columbia County’s other two Category I dams are Erin’s Plan Lake Dam and Vernin Pond Dam, Tucker said.

Richmond County has at least six Category I dams: Goshen Plantation Lake Dam, Lake Aumond Dam, Augus­ta Tech Retention Pond Dam, Forest Hills Lake Dam, Wrightsboro Road Detention Pond Dam and Tobacco Road Water Treatment Plant Dam.

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soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/14/13 - 09:46 am
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You go get 'em Pam. Look at the dam in Cumberland West
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Amberly is in its path.

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soapy_725 07/14/13 - 09:47 am
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Look at the dam in Riverwood which over topped last year.
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Mitchell Park is down stream of this dam and the one above it.

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soapy_725 07/14/13 - 09:48 am
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Mindless Behavior joins Ignorance & Apathy on tour in CC
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Check listings for time and place.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/14/13 - 09:49 am
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Urban sprawl on steroids defines CC and its government.
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Urban sprawl on steroids defines CC and its government.

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soapy_725 07/14/13 - 09:50 am
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You cannot rape nature and expect good news. But who cares?
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You cannot rape nature and expect good news. But who cares?

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soapy_725 07/14/13 - 09:51 am
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Certainly not the Board of Realtor and Developers in CC.
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Certainly not the Board of Realtor and Developers in CC.

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soapy_725 07/14/13 - 09:52 am
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The CC BR&D. You pain is their gain. The real history of CC.
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The CC BR&D. You pain is their gain. The real history of CC.

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soapy_725 07/14/13 - 09:53 am
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Two hundred year floods in 23 years. Can we say swamp land.
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Two hundred year floods in 23 years. Can we say swamp land.

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soapy_725 07/14/13 - 09:54 am
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ALL of CC drains from 400 ft above sea level to the river. FACT.
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ALL of CC drains from 400 ft above sea level to the river. FACT.

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soapy_725 07/14/13 - 09:57 am
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Only when nature exposes the fraud, do the apathetic awake.
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Only when nature exposes the fraud, do the apathetic awake.

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soapy_725 07/14/13 - 09:59 am
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Three ponds above Mitchell Park & you build Publix parking lot?
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You scrap the hill side of trees and grass and plant asphalt. A form of tail trouble to say the least.

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soapy_725 07/14/13 - 10:01 am
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CC take over the asphalt & concrete business, not need for taxes
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CC take over the asphalt & concrete business, not need for taxes

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Little Lamb 07/14/13 - 08:01 pm
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Emanuel

It was on TV news Saturday night about a pond dam in Emanuel County in danger of imminent failure. When it fails I'm sure there will be TV cameras there to get video.

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