The Analysis of the Failure of the Minte Stream Culvert

by L. Ayala,
E. Brown,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


A persistent and continuous rainfall that lasted for more than 30 hours on May 6–7, 1995, caused the sudden failure of an embank ment on the main road between Puerto Varas and Ensenada, in South ern Chile, under which the Minte stream crossed, through a culvert.The failure of the embankment left an open pit, approximately 20 m wide by 20 m deep, that cut the road in two and through which the discharge of the Minte stream was evacuated.

Subject Headings: Failure analysis | Rivers and streams | Culverts | Forensic engineering | Highways and roads | Developing countries | Rainfall | Embankment (transportation) | Chile | South America

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