Brookhaven begins emergency planning for Murphey Candler Dam

If you’re wondering, “What’s up with all of the men and women in yellow vests and clipboards at the Murphey Candler Dam?” They are water resource engineers working on emergency response plans for Murphey Candler Dam. Just in case.

The Murphey Candler Dam, built in 1953, is classified as a Category I High Hazard Dam by Georgia Department of Natural Resources Safe Dams Program. Because of this classification, an Emergency Action Plan is required by Georgia law to be completed by July. The city of Brookhaven has contracted with Dewberry Consultants LLC to produce the EAP for the Murphey Candler Dam.

“All indications at this point are that the dam is perfectly safe, but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” said Brookhaven Emergency Management Coordinator Paul White. “An emergency action plan is not only a legal requirement, but it is also good public policy.”

The EAP began in April and includes dam breach modeling, inundation zone limits mapping, periodic inspection scheduling, as well as maintenance and emergency notification procedures.