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Roanoke Rapids, Virginia
Federal ownership
Built in 1953

John H. Kerr Dam is built on the Roanoke River and is located in Roanoke Rapids, Virginia. It was built in 1953 .

The dam is under federal ownership and is owned by the Cesaw. The dam used to be known as Buggs Island Saddle Dike No. 1.

Location
John H. Kerr Dam
Roanoke Rapids, Virginia, U.S.
Dam type
Other
Dam type
Other
Purpose
Soil
Foundation type
Unknown
Core type
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Cesaw
Owner
Federal

John H. Kerr Dam is under federal ownership and is owned by the Cesaw.

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1953
Completed
CE
Dam designer
Roanoke River
River built on
John H. Kerr Dam was built in 1953.
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Summary
Dam length 2,785 feet
Structural height 144 feet
Hydraulic height 138 feet
Max discharge 800,000 cubic feet per second
Max storage 3,363,500 acre feet
Normal storage 1,488,600 acre feet
Surface area 48,900 acres
Drainage area 7,800 square miles
2,785 feet
Dam length

Length of the dam is defined as the length along the top of the dam. This also includes the spillway, powerplant, navigation lock, fish pass, etc., where these form part of the length of the dam. If detached from the dam, these structures should not be included.

144 feet
Structural height

Structural height of the dam is defined as the vertical distance from the lowest point of the excavated foundation to the top of the dam. Top of dam refers to the parapet wall and not the crest.

138 feet
Hydraulic height

Hydraulic height of the dam is defined as the vertical difference between the maximum design water level and the lowest point in the original streambed.

800,000 cubic feet per second
Max discharge

Number of cubic feet per second the spillway is capable of discharging when the reservoir is at its maximum designed water surface elevation.

3,363,500 acre feet
Max storage

Maximum storage is defined as the total storage space in a reservoir below the maximum attainable water surface elevation, including any surcharge storage.

1,488,600 acre feet
Normal storage

Normal storage is defined as the total storage space in a reservoir below the normal retention level, including dead and inactive storage and excluding any flood control or surcharge storage. For normally dry flood control dams, the normal storage will be a zero value.

48,900 acres
Surface area

Surface area, in acres, of the impoundment at its normal retention level.

7,800 square miles
Drainage area

Drainage area of the dam, in square miles, which is defined as the area that drains to a particular point (in this case, the dam) on a river or stream.

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High
Downstream potential hazard

Dams assigned the high hazard potential classification are those where failure or mis-operation will probably cause loss of human life.

Has emergency action plan
Emergency action plan

An emergency action plan is defined as a plan of action to be taken to reduce the potential for property damage and loss of life in an area affected by a dam failure or large flood.

4/19/2018
Most recent inspection date

Inspections are every 5 years.

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Former name Buggs Island Saddle Dike No. 1
Distance to nearest town (miles) 45
Latitude 36
Longitude -78
NID ID (National ID) VA117001

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