Dams at Risk: 65-Foot Crack in Washington State Dam

A large crack has been found in the Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River which supports the utility power supply to a major cluster of data centers in central Washington state.


65-Foot Crack Found in Washington State Dam (Feb 25)

The 2-inch-wide crack was found Thursday after divers were sent into the Columbia River because engineers detected a misalignment in a spillway on Wanapum Dam near the central Washington town of Vantage, said Tom Stredwick, a spokesman for the Grant County Public Utility District.

The Wanapum Dam generates more than 1,000 megawatts of electricity for the Grant County PUD, the utility that provides electricity to major data centers operated by Microsoft, Yahoo, Dell, Sabey Data Centers and Vantage Data Centers.

On February 25, dam officials noticed an irregular bowing of the dam near a section of a spillgate pier along the mile-long structure. Divers examined the area Thursday and discovered a two-inch wide crack running horizontally, located about 75 feet below the water’s surface. It runs the entire width of the 65-foot-wide pier.

The risk of a failure of the dam is high enough that the county has initiated an emergency plan. To relieve pressure on the dam, the water level is being lowered by 20 feet.




Owen Falls Dam in Uganda Falling Apart (Feb 28)
The Owen Falls dam in Jinja could cave in, if the cracks and damage to the dam are not repaired, an official of Eskom, the hydro power generation company, has said.

Huge cracks continue to develop in the walls and supporting pillars of the dam. Water continuously sips through the gaping holes, expanding the cracks and making the dam weaker by the day.




Lake Manatee Dam at Risk of Collapse (Feb 14)

The Lake Manatee Dam in Bradeton, Florida is in a "severely distressed state" because of erosion, engineering consultants have found, forcing county officials to take corrective actions.

Heavy rains over four or five days could compromise the Lake Manatee Dam, Manatee County government warned in a news release February 14.

As a precaution, workers have begun to lower the water level of the lake.

Engineers and officials are concerned that the dam's clay core may have been compromised.





Water Gushes over Crumbling Dam in Zimbabwe (Feb 9)

A dam on the Tokwe river in the Masvingo area of Zimbabwe is close to bursting as water from heavy rains finding its way through gaps in the uncompleted dam wall.

Construction of the Tokwe Mukorsi dam began in 1998 but stalled in 2008. The dam was due to be completed at the end of last year but the deadline has passed with construction still not finished. Pictures from the area show water gushing through breaks in the wall and a huge build up of water in the reservoir behind it. Villagers have been evacuated as quickly as possible, with around 4,000 people believed to be at risk should the dam burst.

According to the Daily News, the Zimbabwe Air Force is helping people evacuate. The Minister for Masvingo province is quoted as saying that the government is on high alert and "A helicopter from the AFZ has been airlifting some families who were marooned by the floods but we are not yet sure how many people are still marooned."



"All dams will break either during the pole shift or in the months leading up to the hour of the shift. Look at the structure of the dam! It assumes that rock holding both sides of the dam will remain in place and not move. Of course these sides will move. This is a subduction zone! There is mountain building and even where the mountains are not being pushed upward, they are moving from side to side. Some parts are more fluid than others, which are more resistant during any earthquake thrust, so there IS inevitably movement to the side. They will pull apart, slide forward or backwards, but in any case the water will find its way around the dam." 

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 3, 2018 at 7:49am


BREAKING: Potential College Lake Dam failure spurs evacuations in Lynchburg, Virginia

AccuWeather meteorologist
August 03, 2018, 12:53:38 AM EDT

College Lake Dam outside Lynchburg, Virginia is reportedly overflowing and on the brink of failure due to recently heavy rainfall. If the dam fails, portions of Lynchburg would reportedly flood within minutes.

Lynchburg, Virginia is in the Blue Ridge Mountains, about 50 miles east of Roanoke.

"Lynchburg has received 1.35” of rain so far on Thursday and 1.64” so far this month," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun said

However, upstream rainfall can also contribute to rising water levels.

"3 to 6 inches of rain has fallen across the area since Sunday afternoon with the heaviest falling in the towns of Timberlake and Forest," Rathbun said.

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Flooding at the University of Lynchburg on Aug. 3, 2018. Facebook/ Joni L Organ

Residents of threatened areas are being asked to evacuate. According to the National Weather Service, water levels in Lynchburg could reach 17 feet in just 7 minutes if the dam breaks, swiftly inundating homes and businesses.

"More rain is expected across the area through Friday which can keep the dam failure risk high," Rathbun said.

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Until a dry spell in the weather pattern occurs or the water can be safely released, dam failure will continue to be a threat.

Anyone living in low lying areas by the dam should seek higher ground immediately, even if official evacuations are not ordered.

The Lynchburg Sheriff's Office has opened an area auditorium for evacuees, including pets, to spend the night.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 25, 2018 at 3:19am


Hundreds missing following dam collapse in southern Laos

July 24, 2018, 9:10:00 AM EDT

The Xepian-XE Nam Noy hydropower dam, located in Attapeu province in southern Laos, failed late Monday, sending torrents of water rushing into the Xe-Pian River.

Recent heavy rainfall may have influenced the dam failure as the region has endured frequent downpours in recent weeks.

The wet season in southern Laos runs from June into early October when roughly 1,500 mm (60 inches) of rain falls across the region.

Villagers take refuge on a rooftop above flood waters from a collapsed dam in the Attapeu district of southeastern Laos, Tuesday, July 24, 2018. (Attapeu Today via AP)

Quickly rising water inundated at least six villages and has damaged or destroyed more than 1,000 homes and affecting more than 6,000 people, according to the Associated Press.

Fatalities have been confirmed, however the total number of deaths remains unclear as hundreds of people are still missing as entire villages remain submerged in meters of floodwater.

Daily rain and thunderstorms are expected throughout southern Laos each day into this weekend. Downpours can lead to additional flooding problems across the region.

The dam failure initialized from a saddle dam, which is used to store additional water beyond what is supported by the main dam.

Construction on the dam began in 2013 and was scheduled to be completed in 2019.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 19, 2018 at 4:47am


Northern Wisconsin Dam Fails, Walker Issues State of Emergency in the Area

June 18, 2018 07:12 PM

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker issued a state of emergency Monday in northern Wisconsin following widespread damage after severe thunderstorms, including the failure of a dam on the Tamarack River. 

The National Weather Service reported around 4 p.m. that the Radigan Flowage Dam in Douglas County had likely broken. Because of the break, a flash flood warning was issued in southwest Douglas County. A flood warning was issued for both Douglas and Ashland counties. 

The NWS reported that bridges downstream from the dam have flooded. 

Locations that are likely to be impacted include Town Road T west of Dairyland, Swedish Highway at the Tamarack River, Highway T west of Cozy Corner and Markville Road east of Markville. 

The NWS urges drivers who encounter flooded roadways to report it to local law enforcement and turn around. 

On Monday, Walker issued a state of emergency for Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas and Iron counties. The state of emergency comes after severe thunderstorms caused downed trees and power lines, mudslides and flash flooding. 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 30, 2018 at 5:39pm


Lake Tahoma Dam: Latest on Evacuations in North Carolina Amid Danger of Failure

May 30 2018

Emergency authorities in McDowell county, North Carolina have issued evacuation orders to thousands of residents as heavy flash flooding and landslides put the Lake Tahoma Dam at risk of failure.

The National Weather Service’s Greenville - Spartanburg station in South Carolina sent out a post saying that a landslide “has compromised the integrity of Lake Tahoma Dam” and called on those affected by mandatory evacuations to follow the orders. Spilling around the sides of the dam had already been reported.

“MANDATORY EVACUATIONS underway from the Dam at Lake Shore Dr to Lake Tahoma Rd (NC 80) to the confluence of the Catawba River near Resistoflex Rd and Riverside Park,” the service tweeted, “ACT NOW TO PRESERVE YOUR LIFE!”

McDowell County’s emergency management service wrote in a Facebook post that western and central parts of the county were seeing flooding and landslides. In an emergency message, the service said that the evacuation of areas below the lake were due to “recommendation from dam engineers.”

Engineers will be able to evaluate the dam during daylight hours, the message read. People in the affected communities can head to shelters at the YMCA of Marion, Glenwood Baptist Church and Old Fort Baptist Church.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 21, 2018 at 4:44am


Government issues evacuation alert following the overflow at Masinga dam

Move away from Masinga dam, downstream dwellers ordered

Published on May 16, 2018
Onto the ongoing heavy rains now and our reporter George Maringa now tells us that Masinga dam is now full to capacity and the waters have now started spilling over. This comes just a day after the government issued an alert for people living downstream to move to higher areas for fear of heavy flooding.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 17, 2018 at 4:11am


Colombia: tens of thousands ordered to evacuate after floods at dam

600 people already left homeless after heavy floods at hydroelectric dam project, with another wave of flooding feared

The dam of the Hydroituango Hydroelctric Project, on the Cauca river, near Ituango municipality in Colombia on 12 May 2018. The dam of the Hidroituango Hydroelctric Project, on the Cauca river, near Ituango municipality in Colombia on 12 May 2018. Photograph: Joaquin Sarmiento/AFP/Getty ImagesTens of thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate their homes in western Colombia after heavy floods at Colombia’s largest hydroelectric dam project, which had already displaced hundreds over the weekend.The Hidroituango dam on the river Cauca was in the final stages of construction when a blocked tunnel was cleared on Saturday night, causing flooding downstream that swept through a riverside hamlet. Six hundred people were left homeless and two bridges, two schools and a health centre were destroyed.On Wednesday, authorities issued evacuation orders for eight municipalities downstream from the dam amid fears of another wave of flooding as heavy rains continue to batter the megaproject.The total number of inhabitants in the eight municipalities is believed to number up to 120,000. So far no deaths or missing people have been reported.

Videos circulating on local media show the harrowing scenes at the dam. One clip shows workers running from massive waves, while another shows flood water engulfing digging machinery.

“In the next few minutes, the flow of water from the Cauca river will be increased, downstream of the dam,” a text alert sent by EPM, the company building the dam, shortly after midday read. “People should go immediately to the meeting points.”

The latest emergency was triggered after an engine room at the dam reportedly collapsed. Colombia’s army, police and disaster management agency were dispatched to the site in the north-western Antioquia province. Red Cross personnel have been on the scene since Saturday.

“We are talking about people being displaced every hour,” Isabel Cristina Zuleta, an activist with Ríos Vivos, a local environmental organisation long opposed to the megaproject, told the Guardian from a Sabanalarga, a town upstream affected by floods over the weekend. “The high water pressure is causing landslides and floods upstream right now.”

“Communities are losing their way of life,” she said. “There’s no humanitarian assistance here, it’s total abandonment – there’s no shelters, no food, no anything.”

With water levels rising by the hour, Antioquia’s state governor, Luis Pérez Gutiérrez, who had previously brushed off the crisis as a “minor impasse” declared the situation a “public calamity” on Monday. Juan Manuel Santos called an emergency meeting with cabinet members and environmental agencies on Tuesday night.

The precise cause of the disaster is contentious. EPM’s manager, Jorge Londoño, told local media that “unpredictable geological conditions” had caused the tunnel to fill and then collapse over the weekend, while activists argue that it was caused by an accumulation of plant material left uncollected by the company. Swaths of surrounding dry tropical rainforest was deforested to clear space for the dam’s reservoir.

The crisis had been brewing since late April, when a blockage in the diversion tunnel was breached, causing water levels to rise both up- and downstream.

Several landslides, caused in part by heavy rain, led to further blockages throughout early May.

Authorities told residents that the emergency was under control, but many are now homeless.

“My house is still there but everything in it is destroyed,” said Richard Pasta, who lived 35 miles upstream from the dam and fled when water started to reach his doorstep last week. He is now in Sabanalarga, a nearby village further from the river, awaiting aid. “This was foreseeable, this is what happens when you mess with nature.”

Many locals in the region have long opposed the project, which has disrupted agriculture and fishing since the licence was granted to EPM in 2009.

The precise cause of the disaster is contentious. EPM’s manager, Jorge Londoño, told local media that “unpredictable geological conditions” had caused the tunnel to fill and then collapse over the weekend, while activists argue that it was caused by an accumulation of plant material left uncollected by the company. Swaths of surrounding dry tropical rainforest was deforested to clear space for the dam’s reservoir.

The crisis had been brewing since late April, when a blockage in the diversion tunnel was breached, causing water levels to rise both up- and downstream.

Several landslides, caused in part by heavy rain, led to further blockages throughout early May.

Authorities told residents that the emergency was under control, but many are now homeless.

“My house is still there but everything in it is destroyed,” said Richard Pasta, who lived 35 miles upstream from the dam and fled when water started to reach his doorstep last week. He is now in Sabanalarga, a nearby village further from the river, awaiting aid. “This was foreseeable, this is what happens when you mess with nature.”

Many locals in the region have long opposed the project, which has disrupted agriculture and fishing since the licence was granted to EPM in 2009.

Armed groups also operate in the region owing to its wealth of illegal gold mines and cocaine trafficking routes

Three community leaders from the area were shot dead by unknown assailants this month in two separate incidents. Two of the victims were members of the Ríos Vivos movement and had been campaigning for compensation for communities affected by the project.

Despite the controversies, the Hidroituango dam is being touted as a landmark project by the government and EPM – which is owned by the city of Medellín, 106 miles away. At full capacity the dam should be capable of generating an annual average of 13,930 gigawatt hours through its eight massive turbines. The project has received funding from IDB Invest, the private-sector branch of the Inter-American Development Bank.

The project is due to be fully operational by the end of the year. Around 11,000 people are working round the clock to drain the water and finish construction, the company said

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 12, 2018 at 9:41pm


At least 20 people dead after walls of Patel Dam in Solai, Nakuru, collapse

1 day ago
Brygettes Ngana reports from nakuru where at least 20 people have been confirmed dead and hundreds of families displaced after the walls of Patel Dam in Solai broke down. Rongai police boss Japheth Kioko said 20 bodies had been recovered, with search and rescue operation ongoing.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 11, 2018 at 6:48am


Burst dam leaves HUGE trail of destruction with at least 47 dead

AT least 47 people have been killed after a dam burst overnight in Kenya.

Published 10th May 2018

The structure gave way following weeks of heavy rain that lashed Kenya. 

Nakuru county official, Lee Kinyajui, said the burst happened in Solai on Wednesday night. 

He added: “The water has caused huge destruction in both life and property. 

“The extent of the damage has yet to be ascertained.” 

Private television station KTN News initially said that 20 bodies have been recovered from the scene.

But the latest toll rose to 47 and could increase further as more bodies are pulled from the mud, the local police chief said. 

Japheth Kioko, the police chief for Rongai division, said: “So far it is 47 dead. We are still on the ground.”

Kenya, like other countries in East Africa, has experienced heavy rain over the past two months.

The government said on Wednesday that the rain had killed 132 people and displaced 222,456 people in 32 counties since March.

Kenya Red Cross said on Twitter it had rescued 39 people so far.

Rescue workers have been seen searching the wreckage for any survivors in the churned up mud.

Ambulances also arrived to ferry people to hospital.

and another:

Dam collapses, causes fishkill

Friday , May 11, 2018


A DAM of the sugar milling firm Central Azucarera de la Carlota Inc. (Caci) in Barangay Nagasi, La Carlota City, has collapsed and reportedly spilled over wastewater, causing fishkill among rivers of neighboring Pontevedra town.

Engineer Desiderio Figueroa, head of the Provincial Environment Management Unit of Negros Occidental (Pemuno), under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environment Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) in Western Visayas, said his office received reports about the incident Tuesday afternoon, May 8.

Figueroa said upon conducting an inspection Wednesday, May 9, Pemuno saw some possible manifestations of pollution including discoloration of water and existence of dead fish in the river.

However, Pemuno cannot yet conclude or ascertain the cause pending the result of the water analysis conducted by an accredited laboratory in Bacolod City.

"We conducted the water sampling from downstream to upstream areas the following day after we received the report. The result is expected to come out within the next seven to 10 days," he added.


Caci, in a statement Wednesday, said it is closely monitoring the water levels of the impounding dams at Barangay Najalin in La Carlota City.

The sugar mill, a subsidiary of Roxas Holdings Inc. (RHI), said the management is looking into the incident that apparently caused the break of the southern wall of its one dam.

Ramonito Lastima, head of Caci's Administration Division, said as a result of the collapse, water from the first dam spilled over to the second dam.

Lastima said nobody expects the dam will collapse as the structure was just rehabilitated last year.

"We are investigating the event and are looking into the integrity and quality of work in the rehabilitation done," he said, adding that "it is unfortunate that this event has caused concerns among our communities, but rest assured we will resolve this matter with urgency."

A joint team from the firm's Environmental Management Services and Factory Operations has put up sandbags to contain the leak as early as May 6.

Caci said it is currently conducting regular sampling of water among strategic areas of the river.

Also, they are continuously coordinating with the concerned local government unit, DENR, Department of Agriculture (DA), Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA), and Bureau of Fish and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to ensure the implementation of other necessary protective measures.


As to the extent of damage, the DENR-EMB said it has yet to receive a report from the company or local government.

In terms of liability, Figueroa said his team will endorse the result of the water analysis to the Pollution Adjudication Board (PAB) in Manila, because PAB is responsible for determining the corresponding penalty for the sugar milling plant once proven to have liability on the incident.

Figueroa also warned residents to refrain from consuming dead fishes to avoid possible negative effect to health.


Mayor Jose Benito Alonso said "this is another disastrous event" as it affects the livelihood of many town residents.

Alonso said the "pollution" it created has greatly affected five barangays in the locality which are being crossed by rivers connected with the firm's collapsed dam.

These are Barangays Don Salvador Benedicto, San Juan 1, 2 and 3, among others.

"It would take years for our rivers to recover," he said, adding that "this is really a disaster as most of our fishes were killed."

Before the collapse, the mayor said he already received reports from a personnel of Caci that its dam has leaked.

Alonso said he then alerted all fishpond owners, who were actually pumping in water to their ponds.

Some haciendas on the upland areas have also temporarily shut down their water pumps.

Alonso said the water discharged by the collapsed dam may have been treated as it has no foul odor, yet it is still not safe.

"The dam may have discharged huge volume as the water level in Candagit bridge has increased to at least one meter," he added.

Long-term solution

This is not the first time for a fishkill to happen in Pontevedra as two the same incidents were also reported early last year.

These were also attributed to the water contamination to the wastewater discharged by ethanol plant Roxol Bioenergy Corp. (RBC), another subsidiary of RHI also operating in Barangay Nagasi.

RBC, however, dismissed claims that the company’s ethanol plant caused the fishkill as it has instituted long-term plans and programs to comply with environmental laws.

But for Alonso, this has been a "repeating" event affecting mainly not the plants' host city but its neighboring town.

Alonso urged the DENR to provide a long-term solution to the problem like, maybe, the firm has to build a bigger dam to contain its wastes.

The mayor also said amid the recent fishkill incident, Caci should pay for the damage it has allegedly caused to the residents, and local fishing communities.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 7, 2018 at 5:32am


Dam collapses near Marysville

  • May 4, 2018 Updated May 4, 2018

Marysville’s dam on the Big Blue River just northwest of town has broken, officials learned Friday afternoon, spurring concerns about a rural water district’s well system to the north.

Marshall County Emergency Management director Bill Schwindamann learned of the collapse from a train engineer on nearby railroad tracks Friday afternoon. The trainman saw the river level was far below it’s normal height behind the dam and realized the dam was partially gone.

Chunks of concrete had collapsed, leaving a wide gap in the former hydro-electric dam that once provided Marysville with electricity. It has mainly been a place to fish in the last few decades.

Marysville City Administrator Austin St. John said the lower river levels resulting from the collapse could affect a well system run by Washington County Rural Water District No. 1 on the north side of the river.

The district’s wells supply Breeding Heights on Marysville’s far west side and rural areas to the west of town.

Schwindamann called the U.S. Corps of Engineers office hotline and left a message to notify of the collapse and the changed river flow at the site, which was churning fast-moving muddy water after large downpours in the area earlier this week. The Corps monitors the river as it runs toward Tuttle Creek Reservoir south of Marshall County.

Marshall County undersheriff Tim Ackerman, a former Marysville City Council member, watched the water flowing through the broken dam Friday. He said the city council had been warned several years ago by local residents concerned the dam was unstable. It no longer provides power to Marysville and city leaders decided against doing anything about its stability at the time, Ackerman said.

Schwindamann and St. John said it’s unclear at this point what the dam’s demise could mean for the rural water district and for the river’s flow and flood control downstream.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 2, 2018 at 8:03pm


Published on Apr 1, 2018

The ambitious Kumbharam Arya Lift Canal Project worth of Rs 588 crore suffered damages
8 crore litter water breached from the dam built at Malsisar town and flooded nearby villages
The pumping station and other buildings associated with the project too have suffered damage.
SDRF teams have been rushed from Jaipur to help in rescue and relief works which is being overseen by senior police and administrative officers.
The flow of water is being checked by mud bags.
According to Jhunjhunu collector Dinesh Yadav, medical and relief teams are functioning in the area. There is no loss of life reported yet, he said.

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