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 www.facebook.com/savannahcorps. 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: