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Dam failures, including Johnstown’s, lead to country-wide safety program

December 22, 2013
By William Kibler ( , The Altoona Mirror

The failure of the Laurel Run Dam in Johnstown in July 1977 after 11.5 inches of rain was one of several failures in the U.S. that decade that led to the establishment of the National Dam Safety Program, through the Water Resources Development Act of 1996, according to the Altoona Water Authority's consulting engineer Mark Glenn of Gwin Dobson & Foreman and the Association of Dam Safety Officials.

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