Lead: At the end of May 1889 the small industrial city of Johnstown east of Pittsburgh was nearly destroyed in America’s greatest man-made disasters.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Fourteen miles above Johnstown lay Lake Conemaugh. It was a exclusive private recreational lake created by a dam thrown across the South Fork of the Little Conemaugh River. The 30,000 residents of Johnstown were threatened by a dam problem. Part of the old Pennsylvania Canal system the dam had long before fallen into serious disrepair and its owners at the time, the wealthy industrialists and social families that made up the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, had done little to keep it up and had increased the threat by raising the water to dangerous levels.