RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A dam in Raleigh that hasn’t produced power in years will soon be demolished.
Over more than a decade’s time since the dam last produced power, 15 people have died due to the hydraulic created at the abandoned powerhouse. The river has been unnaturally flooded above the dam for decades and blocks the migration of fish.
Many people call the Milburnie Dam a “dangerous eyesore.” Crews began demolishing it today.
The work is the continuation of a comprehensive river restoration effort, including four previous dam removals downstream and on Neuse River tributaries.
Officials say getting rid of the Milburnie Dam will improve public safety and improve the river health for all of Raleigh.
It’s unclear how long the demolition will take.