Dam! It Broke!
By: Rachele Cermak
In the wake of the 35W bridge collapse, concerns are being raised over the safety of dams, specifically one in the small northwestern Minnesota community of Lake Bronson.
With a population of 246, the town sits victim if the area experiences flood conditions and the dam gives out.
The dam is number one for being the biggest risk in the state if it failed, partially because there wouldn't be enough time to evacuate the area. Flood waters could even effect residents in the neighboring community of Hallock, according to a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources memo released in June.
AP reports that Kent Lokkesmoe, director of the DNR Waters Division, said he's confident that neither Lake Bronson nor any of the 1,150 other dams the DNR regulates are an immediate risk to public safety.
But the Lake Bronson Dam is at the top of the DNR's priority list and repairs for it are years away.
Minnesota's history does not go unmarked with dam failure.