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Oregon Legislature Orders Emergency Plans For 17 Dams


The lower Big Creek Reservoir near Newport is one of seven dams in Oregon that have been deemed "unsatisfactory" by the Oregon Water Resources Department.

The lower Big Creek Reservoir near Newport is one of seven dams in Oregon that have been deemed "unsatisfactory" by the Oregon Water Resources Department.

Anna Reed/Statesman Journal

Ninety-two million gallons of water sits in Franzen Reservoir, just above the small town of Turner.

City administrator David Sawyer knows where the water would rush first if the reservoir’s dam failed – into a neighborhood of 40 to 50 homes.

But who would declare an emergency? Who would respond? Who would be in charge?

“I’d love to know what we do,” Sawyer said. “We’re only a town of 2,000 people with a two-person police department.”

Read more at the Statesman Journal.

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