The Teton Dam Disaster, Idaho (Images of America Series)

Overview

While cameras rolled, the newly completed Teton Dam collapsed shortly before noon on June 5, 1976. The resulting wall of water, 80 billion gallons strong, battered town after town during its three-day rampage through the Upper Snake River Valley in eastern Idaho. Impounding the flood-prone Teton River, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation dam failed during the reservoir's initial fill, ripping homes from foundations, drowning thousands of livestock, and stripping acres of valuable topsoil. Amazingly only 11 lives were ...

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Overview

While cameras rolled, the newly completed Teton Dam collapsed shortly before noon on June 5, 1976. The resulting wall of water, 80 billion gallons strong, battered town after town during its three-day rampage through the Upper Snake River Valley in eastern Idaho. Impounding the flood-prone Teton River, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation dam failed during the reservoir's initial fill, ripping homes from foundations, drowning thousands of livestock, and stripping acres of valuable topsoil. Amazingly only 11 lives were lost during the disaster, as most residents heeded the flood warnings. Presenting photographs from local newspapers, archives, museums, historical societies, and witnesses, this book documents the dam's spectacular failure, the tremendous damage, and the Herculean cleanup and rebuilding process following one of the worst engineering disasters of the last 50 years. Today the investigation into why the 305-foot-tall earth-fill dam crumbled-ironically a dam built for flood control-still prompts debate.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738548616
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 959,912
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.58 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

A native Idahoan, Dylan McDonald is a certified archivist, a graduate of Boise State University, and a former archivist for the Idaho State Historical Society. His research interests center on water use in the American West. McDonald is also the coauthor of two Arcadia Publishing titles on Sacramento, California.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     6
Introduction     7
The Upper Snake River Valley: An Irrigated Eden     9
"Get Out, Get Out": The Teton Dam Collapse     29
Sugar City and Rexburg: Only Time to Flee     49
Idaho Falls: "The City that Saved Itself"     65
Firth and Blackfoot: The Long Wait     75
After the Water Receded: Damage Assessment     87
Rebuilding: Claims, Volunteers, and Mud     109
Investigation: Why Teton Failed     123
Bibliography     127
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