A 100-year-old dam across the Antietam Creek in Washington County, Md., is in danger of failing, according to state regulators.
There are holes in the 9-foot stone masonry structure located inside Devil's Backbone County Park in Sharpsburg, according to a 2001 study by Washington County officials. Heavy rains could cause it to fail.
While there are no major residential structures downstream of the dam, a failure could endanger life and property, state regulators said. A breach could also create environmental problems.
Devil's Backbone County Park is Washington County's second oldest public park. The 9-acre park has hiking trails, fishing and canoe trips down Antietam Creek.
A $1.4 million proposal to encase the dam in concrete has drawn criticism from the Maryland Historical Trust.