Some want more warning signs at Dock Street Dam


The deaths of a 3-year-old girl and her mother have some people asking if more can be done to warn boaters of the dangers of the Dock Street Dam.

Mary Bredbenner, 25, and daughter Maddy Binkley were in a boat that capsized near the dam on the night of May 7.  Maddy’s father Cody was able to make it to the shore and was treated at a hospital for hypothermia.

Family members want the City of Harrisburg to have more warning signs, especially for people who are not familiar with the area. They said Cody Binkley grew up in Reading and was not familiar with the Susquehanna River in south Harrisburg.

Some people who live in the area agree that more should be done.

“What we have here at the Dock Street Dam is not adequate,” Yvette Pascua said. “We need better signage and more buoys, and we need inexpensive solutions.”

Signs posted on bridges near the dam warn of the danger of the low-head dam.

The Keystone Aquatic Club is contracted by the City of Harrisburg to place buoys during the summer months.

“They are due to be put in anytime now, and they go across the dam,” said John Burkholder, co-owner of Riverside Marina. “There are other places where the club knows there are hazards such as rocks or low water, and they will mark those.”

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