Army Corps dams, projects undamaged after Napa quake

Published Aug. 25, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-owned dams and ongoing Corps construction projects in the vicinity of the Aug. 25 Northern California earthquake are undamaged, Corps engineers verified in site inspections Aug. 25-26.

Inspected Corps dams include Coyote Valley and Warm Springs dams, the nearest Corps dams to the earthquake’s epicenter, managed by the Corps’ San Francisco District; and New Hogan and Farmington dams east of Stockton, managed by the Corps’ Sacramento District.

Inspections of features of the Corps’ flood risk reduction projects in Napa – including a floodwall and levee along the Napa River, Napa Creek culverts and ongoing oxbow bypass work – are still ongoing.

As a precaution, inspectors also verified the integrity of the Folsom Dam auxiliary spillway project Aug. 25, currently under construction in Folsom.

“We’re relieved and grateful that an already terrible situation wasn’t made worse by concerns about critical public infrastructure like our dams,” said Sacramento District Commander Col. Mike Farrell. “Our thoughts and well wishes are with those affected by the earthquake, and we’ll continue to stay engaged with partner agencies assisting with recovery efforts in case they need our support.”

The Corps has not received requests for assistance from the state of California, but stands by to support if required.

Chris Gray

Release no. 14-046