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Resource ID: #12885
Subject: Dams
Source: Tribune-Democrat (Johnston, Pa.)
Date: March 19 and 20, 1995



In July 1977 heavy storms broke open the Laurel Run Dam, killing 39 people. A 10 - year legal battle, which ended with out-of-court settlements for the victim's families, hid the reasons for the dam failure. By unsealing those records and obtaining hundreds of others, The Tribune-Democrat discovered that a long history of poor maintenance and unheeded warnings preceded the dam break. (March 19 - 20, 1995)

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