Jerry Smith

Calhoun Times - - OBITUARIES -

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

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