NY dam fails

Two hundred homes were evacuated in Fort Ann - in northern New York state - after the Hadlock Pond Dam crumbled during storms that brought heavy rain.

BY SUSAN KIM | FORT ANN, N.Y. | July 3, 2005


Two hundred homes were evacuated in Fort Ann - in northern New York state - after the Hadlock Pond Dam crumbled during storms that brought heavy rain. Local flooding and road closures resulted but residential damage was light.

State emergency management reports confirmed the dam failed. No injuries were reported. The dam had been recently replaced after it failed to meet revised state safety standards. It had reopened in May. Local officials and state engineers have opened an investigation into why the dam failed.

The American Red Cross set up a shelter at the Bay Ridge firehouse in Lake George for displaced families. But few evacuees stayed at the shelter, reports indicated.

One home was destroyed by a fire that kept burning because fire trucks couldn’t get to it.

Fort Ann is about 55 miles northeast of Albany. It is in Washington County.


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