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oregonchick posted a topic in Pacific NorthwestI live in the Willamette Valley, so nestled between the coast range on the west and the Cascades to the east, and not only does the Willamette River pass through my community, so does the McKenzie and literally dozens of rivers and creeks. In some ways, this could be ideal when choosing a BOL, since access to fresh/running water should be a consideration. But as recent flooding has shown, proximity to a river isn't always great. I'm especially concerned with the possibility of a dam failure. The McKenzie River has at least a couple of substantial dams and has been "tinkered with" by the Army Corps of Engineers over the years, so that it's hard to determine where the river would actually flow should they be destroyed by an act of terrorism, a natural disaster (like earthquakes/volcanoes, which are a certainly consideration in the Cascades), or even gradual disrepair if there is no government or utility company maintaining them. I would hate for my arrival at my BOL to somehow wind up looking like the end of O Brother Where Art Thou... or to have to add scuba gear to my BOB so that I have a hope of retrieving previously secured supplies. My question is: Are there any groups, government organizations, even insurance or actuarial associations that assess threats to dams, bridges, or other infrastructure? And do they offer any kind of worst case scenario predictions? I haven't found any as yet, but trying to find a good BOL that is close to but not threatened by water is turning out to be a somewhat daunting task. Thanks for any pointers!