Digital Photography

by Paul Farrier

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Whirlpool - Any questions?

At 32' above normal, the flood waters behind the Englewood Dam (Miami Conservancy District, Ohio) creates the perfect whirlpool. Two 10.5' x 13' conduits suck air and water into a singular giant maelstrom with such force that the earth trembles beneath ones feet.

Englewood Dam in Storage

Here are two photos taken from nearly the same position. The location is Englewood Reserve, on the North side of Englewood Dam in Western, Ohio.

One shows the flooded area at 32' above normal - the other shows the water receded to it's normal level in the shallow lake that forms behind the low dam.

For more information about the Englewood Dam and other dams in the same system, check out The five dams they created nearly a century ago were high-tech at the time and have prevented many floods in the Dayton, Middletown, and Hamilton areas for many years.