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The strip was not nearly high enough to hold back the rapidly rising waters. Meanwhile, on the west side of the dam, more workmen were chipping away at a second spillway. They cleared out a two-foot trench, where the water quickly gushed through. Still, it hardly made any difference. At the original spillway, some men were working to unclog the weir screens. Branches, twigs, and other debris were making the main spillway useless. One worker suggested removing the screens and knocking down the spillway bridge to allow more water out of the lake.

When the tumbling tons of water and debris hit the bridge, it held for a moment. There was a horrible crunch as the debris nailed the stone and wedged in the arch. The water rocked back and forth, seething yellow foam. Within minutes, the water grew nearly 80 feet high. Then, it shot over the top of the bridge, gushing between boulders, twisted railroad cars, and broken trees. For a short time, Lake Conemaugh had reformed five-and-a-half miles downstream from its original location. Suddenly, this second dam collapsed.

Next in line was the town of Woodvale, which had a population of about 1,000. Slightly larger than East Conemaugh, Woodvale was the pride of the Cambria Iron Company. The town essentially had been 49 50 The Johnstown Flood of 1889 This map charts the path of the floodwaters from Lake Conemaugh to the Conemaugh River below Johnstown. built by the company, and it boasted streets of clean, white houses. A streetcar line that ran along Maple Avenue connected Woodvale to Johnstown. Unlike East Conemaugh, Woodvale received no whistle warning.

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