ABC Evening News for Monday, Nov 07, 1977
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(Studio) Rainstorms and flooding in eastern US, especially flooding in 3 Appalachian states noted. President Carter's declaration of Georgia as disaster area, in wake of collapse of earthen dam at Toccoa, noted. REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(Toccoa, Georgia) Report on aftermath of flood at Toccoa, Georgia. 1st victims were students at Toccoa Falls Bible College, and nearly all dead were associated with school. [Paul WILLIAMS - talks of parents' deaths.] [Army Corps of Engineers spokesperson Colonel Frank WALTER - has no information re: reason for collapse yet; cites Corps report on dams made available to state and local govts.]
REPORTER: Bob Sirkin
(DC) Dam burst in Buffalo Creek, West Virginia, similar to Georgia dam burst, noted. (Film shown.) Congress authorization of Corps to investigate problem of nonfederal dams and results of inventory by Corps described. [Representative Leo RYAN - cites danger of such dams, using Kelley Barnes Dam as example] Corps' estimates of amount needed to fund local dam inspections, Nixon administration's policy of nonfederal dam inspection being nonfederal government responsibility and Carter administration's maintenance of this policy, so far, noted. Corps has received some funds for local dams, but administration policy not yet clear.
REPORTER: Herbert Kaplow
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