• Ms. Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Lt. Col. Chris Becking, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District commander, and state and local officials celebrate the completion of the two-phase improvement project at Prompton Dam in Wayne County, PA on Aug. 22

    Prompton Ribbon-Cutting 2

    Ms. Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Lt. Col. Chris Becking, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District commander, and state and local officials celebrate the completion of the two-phase improvement project at...

  • Ms. Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Lt. Col. Chris Becking, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District commander, and state and local officials celebrate the completion of the two-phase improvement project at Prompton Dam in Wayne County, PA on Aug. 22

    Prompton Dam Ribbon-Cutting

    Ms. Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Lt. Col. Chris Becking, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District commander, and state and local officials celebrate the completion of the two-phase improvement project at...

  • Lt. Col Chris Becking, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District, speaks with Ms. Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, during a tour of Prompton Dam in Wayne County.

    Prompton Tour

    Lt. Col Chris Becking, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District, speaks with Ms. Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, during a tour of Prompton Dam in Wayne County.

  • Tony DePasquale, Chief of Operations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District, leads a tour of the recently completed project at Prompton Dam. The District built an operations center and modified the dam's spillway.

    Prompton Dam Tour

    Tony DePasquale, Chief of Operations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District, leads a tour of the recently completed project at Prompton Dam. The District built an operations center and modified the dam's spillway.

  • Ms. Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works speaks with a reporter during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Prompton Dam in Wayne County, PA on Aug. 22. The event celebrated the successful completion of spillway improvements and the construction of an operations center.

    Prompton Dam Media Interview

    Ms. Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works speaks with a reporter during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Prompton Dam in Wayne County, PA on Aug. 22. The event celebrated the successful completion of spillway improvements and the...

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District widened the spillway at Prompton Dam from from 85 to 130 feet to improve the safety of the dam. The project also involved building a wall along the spillway, a bridge to access the dam and an operations center and garage.

    Prompton Dam Project Site

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District widened the spillway at Prompton Dam from from 85 to 130 feet to improve the safety of the dam. The project also involved building a wall along the spillway, a bridge to access the dam and an...

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District widened the spillway at Prompton Dam from from 85 to 130 feet to improve the safety of the dam. The project also involved constructing a bridge to access the dam.

    Prompton Dam Bridge

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District widened the spillway at Prompton Dam from from 85 to 130 feet to improve the safety of the dam. The project also involved constructing a bridge to access the dam.

WAYNE COUNTY, PA -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District celebrated improvements at Prompton Dam with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of a recently completed project Aug. 22. Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, attended the event and said the project will benefit local communities.

"This is going to reduce the risk of flooding for downstream communities including Honesdale, Hawley and Prompton. It will help protect properties, businesses and the livelihoods of the people who live there," said Darcy.

Darcy added the recreational opportunities at Prompton, including waterskiing, boating, fishing, and Frisbee golf, would not be possible without support from the state and volunteer groups such as the Friends of Prompton State Park.

In 2007, the Philadelphia District began the two-phase project. The first phase consisted of constructing a 7-foot wall across the top of the dam to prevent overtopping and widening the spillway.

The second phase of work began in 2010 and further widened the spillway and included building an operations center, maintenance garage and constructing a bridge to the dam to increase access during flood events. Thalle Construction Company served as contractor for the second phase of work.

"With the project in place, the dam is now able to handle 54 inches of rain in an 8-10 day period, which is the probable maximum flood according to the National Weather Service," said Philadelphia District Commander Lt. Col. Chris Becking. "I'm proud of the work by our team and contractors."

State, county and local officials participated in the ribbon-cutting with Ms. Darcy and Lt. Col. Becking. Following the event, Chief of the Philadelphia District Operations Division Anthony DePasquale led a tour of the new facility and dam.

The earthfill dam has prevented more than $23 million in damages since its construction in 1960. It was built in response to severe floods on the Lackawaxen River in 1936, 1942 and 1955.

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