1913 Flood = Dillon Dam

by Katie McGraw on July 1, 2013 at 2:38 am

The one hundredth anniversary of the 1913 flood is only days away and when looking at old photographs and memorabilia, it’s clear something had to be done about flood control.

Officials used the 1913 flood as a perfect example for how one storm could effect an entire region; resulting in the construction of the Dillon Dam and many others that are part of the Muskingum Basin.

Clifton Kilpatrick, Project Manager at Dillon Dam said, "It was significant flood and of course from that flood and subsequent floods after that, brought about the Dillon dam. And so we are here today and we are trying to strive to do the best that we can to control the water and to protect downstream. "

The damage of the 1913 flood was extensive and cost millions of dollars. Considering inflation, that dollar amount would be even more today.

"And of course over the years we have had much development, many more houses and places that have been established since the 1913 flood. So if it was 14 million back then you can imagine if Dillon Dam wasn’t here today, it would be astronomical what the damage could be in dollar- wise today. "

Kilpatrick says the dam is a balancing act, making proper adjustments to control the water to avoid flooding downstream.