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A Deceptively Peaceful Setting

Post by Ceropegia » Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:13 am

These photos were taken at the site of a low head dam constructed for a Gulf States Steel pumping station that was abandoned in 2000 when the steel plant closed. Low head dams have been called “drowning machines.” As water goes over the dam, it creates a strong recirculating current, called a backroller or boil, at the base of the dam. The force of the backroller can trap boats against the dam and capsize them. People in the water can be trapped, pulled, and held under, even if they are wearing a life vest or personal flotation device. Since 2015 four people have drowned at this dam. Funds were voted to remove it in 2017, but it has yet to be removed. It is located in Attalla, Alabama on Big Wills Creek.
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Immediately upstream.
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The dam.

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Post by PietFrancke » Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:50 pm

look deceptively safe - and attractive, the kind of place that is easy to get close to, and invites you to get closer.

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Post by minniev » Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:30 pm

Ceropegia wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:13 am
These photos were taken at the site of a low head dam constructed for a Gulf States Steel pumping station that was abandoned in 2000 when the steel plant closed. Low head dams have been called “drowning machines.” As water goes over the dam, it creates a strong recirculating current, called a backroller or boil, at the base of the dam. The force of the backroller can trap boats against the dam and capsize them. People in the water can be trapped, pulled, and held under, even if they are wearing a life vest or personal flotation device. Since 2015 four people have drowned at this dam. Funds were voted to remove it in 2017, but it has yet to be removed. It is located in Attalla, Alabama on Big Wills Creek.
We have these types of dams around here, too, and you're so right about how dangerous they can be while they look very benign. Good job capturing that "deception" in a setting of lush greenery.
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Post by Psjunkie » Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:43 pm

Really like #1 is well framed..good job

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