Lawn Lake Dam Bursts, July 1982.
N 40° 24.643 W 105° 38.140
13T E 446065 N 4473538
Quick Description: When Lawn Lake Dam broke on July 15, 1982, almost 220 million gallons of water tumbled down the Roaring River, killing three people and causing more than $30 million in damage, and creating this alluvial fan waterfall.
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 6/26/2010 9:58:05 PM
Waymark Code: WM9495
The sign at this location reads:
"On July 15, 1982 at 5:30 a.m., Lawn Lake's earthen dam failed, releasing 29 million gallons of water. As the flood rushed downhill four miles to this point, the surging waters picked up boulders and snapped trees. A trash collector heard the waters crashing down Roaring River and called park rangers, who evacuated campers at Aspenglen Campground. Imagine the powerful wall of water, boulders, and trees that rumbled down this mountain. Here, where the torrent entered Horseshoe Park, the flood dropped most of tis boulders, rocks, and sand to create a broad alluvial fan. Today, scientists are studying this transformed land's sedimentation, animal re-population and plant succession."
Type of publication: Internet Only
When was the article reported?: 7/17/2007
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How widespread was the article reported?: national
News Category: Society/People
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