Ogden is a city in Utah’s Weber County. It has a population of about 84,316 according to the 2014 census. Present-day Ogden was first settled in 1844 and was incorporated as a city in 1851. Historically, Ogden was the second largest city in the state, but several cities in the suburbs of Salt Lake City surpassed it in the 1980s. The Ogden and Weber Rivers, both originating from the mountains located to the east of the city, flow through Ogden.
Pineview Dam in the Ogden River Canyon is about seven miles east of the city. The officials of the Bureau of Reclamation believe that the dam could collapse in a major earthquake. Built as part of the Ogden River Project, the Pineview Dam was developed to provide irrigation to about 25,000 acres of agricultural land between the Wasatch Mountains and the Great Salt Lake. Just like other aging dams built in the 1930s, Pineview Dam is in need of renovations. The dam holds 36 billion gallons of water that could flood the Ogden area in less than half an hour.
A dam forms a barrier across flowing water. It obstructs the flow to create a reservoir or an impounding area for the water. Dam failures are rare but can cause severe damage and loss of lives when they happen. A collapsed dam in the Hunan Province in China killed about 171,000 people and destroyed 11 million homes. At a minimum, a collapsed dam will flood large swaths of communities, inundating homes and damaging properties.
Mold infestation is a serious problem in the aftermath of flooding. When homes are submerged in water for an extended period, they absorb moisture. The damp materials will be ideal hosts for mold growth. Mold infestation poses health risks and could easily stir up severe asthma symptoms.
When mold infiltrates a home, the residents may not notice it at first. Eventually, though, the mold may begin to emit an unpleasant odor. If you suspect mold growth in your house, The Disaster Company has trained technicians who specialize in mold inspection and removal in Ogden.