Dam Rehab Project Proposed

B’Water Officials, Citing Flood Risk, Push For Fix

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Posted: April 25, 2014

Under current regulations, the auxiliary spillway at Hearthstone Lake in George Washington National Forest in Augusta County does not meet safety standards. There is a proposal to repair the dam to prevent a breach. (Photos by Nikki Fox)
Since a 1949 flood of the North River destroyed parts of Bridgewater, the federal government built a series of dams to help protect lives and property in the area. The Hearthstone Lake Dam in Augusta County was built in 1966.
Hearthstone Lake is seen from atop the dam in the George Washington National Forest in Augusta County.

BRIDGEWATER — When the 1949 flood of the North River devastated parts of Bridgewater, it was costly in more ways than one — causing both death and destruction.

“It killed three people and did...



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