10th Anniversary of Silver Lake Dam Failure

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Great Lakes Radio News UpdateMARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)Today marks the 10th anniversary of the 2003 failure of the Silver Lake Dam in Marquette County.

The failure of the dam resulted in extensive flooding and property and environmental damages totaling more than $100 million. The failure released nine billion gallons of water, causing the failure of the Tourist Park Dam downstream in Marquette, and forcing bridge and road closures. These closures completely isolated the Big Bay community from the rest of the state and forced the evacuation of thousands of residents from their homes.

Following two days of heavy rainfall, the Silver Lake Dam fuse plug failed around approximately 5 p.m. Spring snow melt and the heavy rain were contributors to the fuse plug failure, which was determined later to be cause of the failure of the dam and the subsequent flooding.

No deaths or injuries were reported in connection with the flood.

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