downriver should the Carter Dam give way?
The City of Rome was a prime target for floods before dams were built. And then there is the area referred to as “behind the levees” in the downtown Rome area. Those structures were built to partially impede the destructions of the flood scene. The levees are very visible as one enters Rome near the downtown area along the rivers.
Some may remember when the dam at Muse’s Lake in the Pocket gave way in 1955. That lake wasn’t large as we think of large lakes. Still, the water rushing down steam along John’s Creek instilled great damage to the road bed and high upon the bank.
The stories relating to that dam break and the happenings downstream are matters of great interest. The question of possible destruction and death because of a dam giving way can best be illustrated by the story of the 1977 failure of the Kelly Barnes Dam near Toccoa in Stephens County. The dam failed during a period of intensive rains. The flood took 39 lives and did extensive damage to the Toccoa area with the hardest hit being the Toccoa Falls College.
As a side issue, I want to mention the need or not-need of flood insurance. I live about 200 yards north of the creek that originates in