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Tuckasegee, North Carolina
Hydroelectric
Public utility owned
Built in 1941

Thorpe Dam is a rockfill dam built on the West Fork Tuckasegee River and is located in Tuckasegee, North Carolina. It was built in 1941 for the purpose of hydroelectric.

The dam is owned by the public utility, Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC. It is also known as Glenville. The dam used to be known as Duke Power.

Location
Thorpe Dam
Tuckasegee, North Carolina, U.S.
Dam type
Rockfill
Dam type
Hydroelectric
Purpose
Unknown
Foundation type
Unknown
Core type
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Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC
Owner
Public utility

Thorpe Dam is owned by the public utility, Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC.

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1941
Completed
West Fork Tuckasegee River
River built on
Thorpe Dam was built in 1941.
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Summary
Dam length 900 feet
Dam height 150 feet
Structural height 150 feet
Hydraulic height 150 feet
Max discharge 61,400 cubic feet per second
Max storage 67,100 acre feet
Normal storage 65,600 acre feet
Surface area 1,462 acres
Drainage area 37 square miles
900 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.

150 feet
Dam height

Height of the dam is defined as the vertical distance between the lowest point on the crest of the dam and the lowest point in the original streambed.

150 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.

150 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.

61,400 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.

67,100 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.

65,600 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.

1,462 acres
Surface area

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

37 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.

7/10/2017
Most recent inspection date

Inspections are every 1 ear.

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Also known as Glenville
Former name Duke Power
Distance to nearest town (miles) 10
Latitude 35
Longitude -83
NID ID (National ID) NC00378

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