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Old 12-14-2005   #1
 
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resevoir breach

http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/12/14/dam....ap/index.html

I was just reading this article about a resevoir breach in MO and wondered what would happen if I was boating on the lower blue and it just opened up. Any thoughts?

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The Teton Dam spilled approx. 13,068,890,374 cubic feet of water when it burst in 1976.14 people died.green mountain resevoir has the potential if filled to capacity to spill 6,736,797,173 cubic feet if it were to burst ( an acre ft of water is 325,851 gallons and there are 7.48 gallons in a cubic ft) at close to a billion cfs i think you'd be pushing your luck unless your tao or steve fisher
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yeah, you know if a dam broke and he was near it, youd totally see steve out there running it
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At 50,000 cfs it'd take 1.5 days to drain but more likely it'd probably be a big spike to a few hundrek K and then fall. It'd probably get a little pushy on the Lower Blue, you'd be boating along with uprooted trees, rolling house-sized boulders, etc.

At least I don't think there'd be much debate about what difficulty rating Gore would get at that level...
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I am just waiting for the dirt wall on horsetooth to break!!!
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Everytime I put in for the grand the thought crosses my mind. What if the dam broke while you were down there. Of course it all depnds how close to the dam you were when it broke. The "wall-of-water" tends to dissapate quickly.
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