Oct 24, 2005
A dam near the town of Taunton Massachusetts threatened to burst in recent heavy rains. About 2,000 people were evacuated as officials worried that the river might flood the downtown.
The 173-year-old dam at Whittenton Pond held – although some wood from the structure washed away.
Officials said the problem is the dam is old.
Bridges in the middle of London, Paris or Rome still carry traffic – and they are much older than this dam. How strange that old bridges can still hold in Europe but younger structures threaten to break in the U.S.
Age is not the problem. Lack of repairs and maintenance is!