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Mosul Dam on the brink of collapse?

Post by News Tribune Staff on Aug. 20, 2007 at 3:46 pm with No Comments »
August 20, 2007 3:46 pm

Looking north from the road that runs atop the Mosul Dam, you get a sense for how much water it’s holding back. If engineers’ worst fears are realized, all that water …

… would wind up down here, on the down-river side of the dam, and then on to Mosul.

It seems like a long time ago but Mosul used to be the center of gravity for Fort Lewis’ folks in Iraq. Not a lot of news out of there of late, but that could be changing soon as various sources are now reporting that the big dam up north of the city is on the verge of catastrophic failure.

The Army Times’ Kelly Kennedy reports in this week’s edition that parts of FOB Marez and the Mosul Airfield — where a U.S. military hospital is located — would be in the path of the 12 billion cubic feet of water that would be moving south if the dam fails. And that’s to say nothing of the heavily populated right and left banks of the Tigris through Mosul and what remains of the ancient city of Nineveh, in the heart of the city.

Kennedy reports U.S. commanders say they’ve spent $28 million on repairs but the whole thing needs to be rebuilt because Saddam built it on gypsum.

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