Dam Incident and Failure Investigations

ASDSO has published a guide to help individuals and organizations prepare for, respond to, and investigate dam failures and incidents. Click on the image above to access this document.

Failures, incidents, and their subsequent investigations lead to improved understanding of dam safety and often serve as catalysts for significant changes in the industry. Some failures and incidents have had multiple investigations, while others were not investigated for various reasons.

When formal investigations are performed, the resultant investigation reports should be made available so that the lessons learned from these incidents and failures can be distributed and applied throughout the industry. The following list provides access to available dam incident and failure investigation reports. If you know of any investigations that are missing from this list, please contact Nathaniel Gee ([email protected]).

  • Fontenelle Dam (Wyoming, 1965)
  • Lower San Fernando Dam (California, 1971)
  • Buffalo Creek Dam (West Virginia, 1972)
  • Canyon Lake Dam (South Dakota, 1972)
  • Teton Dam (Idaho, 1976)
  • Kelly Barnes Dam (Georgia, 1977)
  • Florida Power and Light Dike (Florida, 1979)
  • Lawn Lake Dam (Colorado, 1982)
  • Glen Canyon Dam (Arizona, 1983)
  • Menno Dam (South Dakota, 1984)
  • Quail Creek Dike (Utah, 1989)
  • Hurricane Alberto (1994)
  • Meadow Pond Dam (New Hampshire, 1996)
  • Silver Lake Dam (Michigan, 2003)
  • Mt. Carmel Dam (North Dakota, 2003)
  • Big Bay Dam (Mississippi, 2004)
  • Hadlock Pond Dam (New York, 2005)
  • Hurricane Katrina (2005)
  • Taum Sauk (Missouri, 2005)
  • Kaloko Dam (Hawaii, 2006)
  • Kingston Dredge Pond (Tennessee, 2008)
  • Lake Delhi Dam (Iowa, 2010)
  • Tempe Town Lake Dam (Arizona, 2010)
  • Brown Bridge Dam (Michigan, 2012)
  • Front Range Flood (Colorado, 2013)
  • Hawkins Dam (Washington, 2014)
  • Gold King Mine Release (Colorado, 2015)
  • South Carolina Flood (South Carolina, 2015)
  • Hurricane Matthew (2016)
  • Oroville Dam (California, 2017)
  • Bonasa Breaks Ranch Dam (Washington, 2017)
  • Spencer Dam (Nebraska, 2019)
  • Platte Dam (South Dakota, 2019)
  • Feijao Dam (Brazil, 2019)
  • Edenville and Sanford Dams (Michigan, 2020)