VIDEO: Crowds gather to view spillway spectacles

Last week the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducted required safety tests of the spillway gates at the Hartwell, Russell and Thurmond dams. We are pleased to announce that the tests were a success. Our dam safety experts identified no major problems and all dams passed inspection.

Crowds gathered at the dams last week to witness the tests. We estimated 400+ people at the Hartwell test on July 10 and 1,000+ at the Thurmond test on July 11. Many people have shared photos and video from the tests on our Facebook page at If you have a Facebook account, head on over to our page and see what folks have shared with us.

Below is a video prepared by our Corporate Communications Office, showing the gate tests at all three dams from exclusive angles. These videos were captured by Corps water managers from atop the dams.


We’ve also loaded photos of the spillway tests available for public view at the links below:

Photos: Hartwell Dam spillway gate test 07/10/2013

Photos: Russell Dam spillway gate test 07/11/2013

Photos: Thurmond Dam spillway gate test 07/11/2013



About US Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District oversees a multi-million dollar military construction program at 11 Army and Air Force installations in Georgia and North Carolina. We also manage water resources across the Coastal Georgia region, including maintenance dredging of the Savannah and Brunswick harbors; operation of three hydroelectric dams and reservoirs along the upper Savannah River; and administration of an extensive stream and wetland permitting and mitigation program within the state of Georgia. Follow us on Twitter @SavannahCorps and on
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