Auburn Upstream Cofferdam Failure, Dam Break: Lake Isabella.mov 3 months ago   09:30

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Afsi Moaveni
Auburn Upstream Cofferdam Failure, 02/18/1986 -
A video showing the breaching of the cofferdam built in Auburn CA due to the heavy rains of February 1986. This dam breach is mentioned in Nature Noir. This video recording shows 125,000 cubic feet of water as it flowed down the Lower American River through Sacramento to the confluence with the Sacramento River.

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Just Me
This is why Explorers should not enter Coal Mines: if you do not know what you are doing, people will die-- everyone involved in this Operation KNEW WTF they were doing! FANTASTIC!!!
Wolfgang Mozart
This vid has been up for 4 YEARS WITHOUT THE DAMN CAPTIONS BEING TURNED ON? Da FUG!


Lotta deaf people out there!
deadboy600
130,000 cubic feet per second is 972,467 gallons per second. lol
That flow rate would fill 10 Olympic swimming pools in less than 7 seconds. lol
Daniel LaRusso
Did anyone die?
Phil O'Tellic
The learn to be learned for the future is NOT to build near or BELOW The bottom of the dam upstream and well above the high water line like I cannot understand the fools who build a city in a known Tornado zone the word _Imbicicle_ comes to mind after all the tornado was there first but man cannot resist tempting nature,
porcupineracer2
Bravo to those engineers. Didn’t know you could mitigate something like that. Clever way to approach that problem.
matt phillips
People today are just too stupid to pull this off these days.Too many agencies ready to sue someone or be sued. Hell i believe most people are too stupid to even make a top notch informational video like this nowadays..
Grayden
4.3 years later, still waiting for someone to fix the tracking...
Martin Ruddell
In Australia no one wastes money by building coffer dams.
Snails40
Really impressive.
Syd G
Gentlemen, failure IS an option.
M-A-G-A
shame there was no way to send that water to lake mead
Mike Garber
Scientist's "This is caused by erosion over ***** years ago... Over millions of years my right eye!
Lol
That took hours
VictorQuincanon
One of the most successful failures I have ever seen.
John Keckley
That's how the Grand Canyon was formed after the flood.
bwahahaha !
I liked this dam video.
Terry Morrison
Very interesting thank you for the enlightenment that was cool
Bert Osterberg
Wow, all the damage done in a day with moving water. It’s easy to see how the Grand Canyon was carved out during the flood with the retreating water.
Richard Therien
Very nice video!
RightfulFallen
So it's like a Pythagoras cup? That's cool as hell
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Dam Break: Lake Isabella.mov Auburn Upstream Cofferdam Failure, 3 months ago   04:01

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This movie shows a physics-based computer simulation of dam failure at Lake Isabella,
Kern County, California. Lake Isabella Dam is called by some, the most dangerous dam in California. Bakersfield, a city of 360,000 lies 65 km down the Kern River from the Lake.

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