The Timberlake Dam Failure: A Hydrometeorological Assessment

by J. Warner,
G. V. Loganathan,
R. J. Kane,
M. Gillen,
D. F. Kibler,
K. Kostura,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


Extremely heavy rainfall over the Timberlake basin in southwest Virginia on 23 June 1995 caused an earthen dam to fail and resulted in fatalities. The meteorological conditions are examined and reasons for the extraordinary amount of rainfall are postulated. Precipitation estimates from the Weather Surveillance Radar?1988, Doppler (WSR-88D) radar were used in hydraulic models (SMPDBK, DAMBRK, and HEC-1) to generate the failure peak flow and the time of failure.

Subject Headings: Dam failures | Hydraulic models | Failure analysis | Rainfall | Wood and wood products | Radar | Hydrometeorology | Virginia | United States

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