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Bassett, Virginia
Federal ownership
Built in 1953

Philpott Dam is a gravity dam built on the Smith River and is located in Bassett, Virginia. It was built in 1953 .

The dam is under federal ownership and is owned by the Cesaw. It is also known as Philpott Reservoir.

Location
Philpott Dam
Bassett, Virginia, U.S.
Dam type
Gravity
Dam type
Other
Purpose
Rock
Foundation type
Concreate
Core type
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Cesaw
Owner
Federal

Philpott Dam is under federal ownership and is owned by the Cesaw.

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1953
Completed
Coe
Dam designer
Smith River
River built on
Philpott Dam was built in 1953.
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Summary
Dam length 920 feet
Structural height 220 feet
Hydraulic height 218 feet
Max discharge 70,000 cubic feet per second
Max storage 318,300 acre feet
Normal storage 166,190 acre feet
Surface area 2,880 acres
Drainage area 212 square miles
920 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.

220 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.

218 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.

70,000 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.

318,300 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.

166,190 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.

2,880 acres
Surface area

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

212 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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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.

3/7/2018
Most recent inspection date

Inspections are every 5 years.

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Also known as Philpott Reservoir
Distance to nearest town (miles) 7
Latitude 36
Longitude -80
NID ID (National ID) VA089001

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