Dworshak Dam wins 'potentially unsafe...

Dworshak Dam wins 'potentially unsafe' rating

There are 50 comments on the Times-News story from Oct 5, 2008, titled Dworshak Dam wins 'potentially unsafe' rating. In it, Times-News reports that:

OROFINO, Idaho - Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say residents below Dworshak Dam on the Clearwater River have little to fear, despite the 36-year-old structure's recent rating as "unsafe or ...

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Grey Ghost of Lenore

Ringoes, NJ

#43 Mar 30, 2009
You know, it don't matter if we get wet or flushed down the big muddy...one thing holds true, we won't know what its' like till it happens. Got the innertubes ready and just waiting for the sirens to blow the whistle for the onslought of 'more water' to contend with.

"we hope it isn't any sooner than need be, at any time in destiny's moments'"

Since: Jan 09

Jacksonville, IL

#44 Mar 30, 2009
Grey Ghost of Lenore wrote:
You know, it don't matter if we get wet or flushed down the big muddy...one thing holds true, we won't know what its' like till it happens. Got the innertubes ready and just waiting for the sirens to blow the whistle for the onslought of 'more water' to contend with.
"we hope it isn't any sooner than need be, at any time in destiny's moments'"
No chit!!! SCARY!:(


Since: Oct 08

Orofino, ID

#45 Mar 30, 2009
Glad I Live upriver!!:)

Since: Nov 09

Pullman, WA

#46 Nov 28, 2009
dworshak crack and leak was found in the 70's its nothing new.

If we loose the dams the economy of the quad cities and the paloose will be devistated--
the lake exsist because of the dams. almost every job tied to the port and shipping will be lost. The river just isn't deep enough without the dam's How many people remember when they drew down the river to close to its old self what it did to the roads-and the sticky smelly mud .
I do admit that the snake and clear water were beautiful before the damns with its sandy beaches trees, rattle snakes and fewer people.

now I wonder why no one suggest we clean up the snake an the clear water river--tighten controls on what can be dumped in the river--I bet the fish ,the wild life and the people would be better off and we could keep the damns

Orofino, ID

#47 Nov 30, 2009
I can live without the dam, How bout you?
WolfKiller in Idaho

Orofino, ID

#48 Nov 30, 2009
yeah, only people who have stock in the power companies are the ones who don't want to lose the damn dam at any cost, thats why the rates keep crusing upward, and the spare parts keep getting trucked to other damn dams' down river.
I live in downtown OROFINO, and even here,* if the damn dam breaks, won't be safe. With 54 miles of backed up water, and 400-600 ft deep of water, oh thats alot of force, the water is predicted to reach past Greer.(if and when it happens) WHO KNOWS? But it is an ugly site where the water fluctuates, surprised the flippin corp don't maintain the water level at half pool, and plant some cedar trees to cover the erosion, but then, the corp is responsible for millions of acres of clearcuts, and what is more commonly known as
'global warming' than all the factories in the USA combined. Operation Banana Belt, a project in the Pacific Northwest that was designed to warm the temperature by more than 10 degrees. it did, now the corp don't know how to put the operation in reverse. Potlatch corp is another guilty party contributing to 'global warming' also. Their logging practices are worse than they were in the 70's. and the waste! WHERE ARE THE PORTABLE CHIPPERS?

Since: Jan 09

Springfield, MO

#49 Dec 3, 2009
Don't tell me the Corps. STILL haven't fixed the Dam's problems!!! Or can they even fix it? This is still scary. Just HOPE they can get everbody out of Orofino, etc. before it does breach. I'm sure there would be a warning of some kind. Keep a NOAA weather radio on you.

Walla Walla, WA

#50 Mar 14, 2013
grand rapids mn have a dam on the mississippi its called pokegama off of highway 2 going west out of grand rapids
friend of dion

Louisville, KY

#51 Dec 8, 2015
I grew up In "O" went through 11 years of school there,,,My dad owned a local business there, and he knew several of the engineers on the dam very well, There are several places on the dam during construction they could hang a plum bob during construction,, so they could see the movement...Not one but all of them said they would never live below that dam,,, and if you think about it the water coming out of the north fork under that pressure, would stop the clearwater and it would back up for days, maybe longer,,, "O" would not be safe either....
Nez Perce County Resident

United States

#52 May 12, 2017
The truth about dworshack is that they infrequently inspect the place and make repairs that are considered critical even less often. The dam is also considered a red zone for terrorism, because of the amount of devastation that would be caused if a breach ever occurred. The town of Ashaka directly below the dam would have no warning and basically same goes for Orofino, a town with roughly 18,000 people reside. The worst of the catastrophic effects would be seen in the Lewiston-Clarkston Metropolitan Area where over 100,000+ people call home. The water would have no choice but to travel down the highway 12 corridor at over 60+mph and leveling absolutely everything. The wave that would hit Lewiston would be nearly 8
50-80ft high with massive amounts of debris on top of the trillions of cubic tons of force behind it, anyone hit would be instantly killed. The water would continue down all the way to the Pacific Ocean through Portland, OR and keep in mind of the several other dams below and large cities and towns that would be demolished as well. If this scenario ever occurred and chances increase every year, it would immediately become the worst hydrologic disaster in the U.S. and the largest disaster in U.S. history.
There are warning sirens, they do not test them often or at all in most communities including the Lewiston area and none have been updated in decades, who knows if they even function still. If you were to ask a random person any day of the week its likely the have no idea what they would do or even have thought of the idea. My opinion is its a completely avoidable disaster that is going to be ignored until it can't be no more, its a shame

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