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Overview of Recent Dam Failures and Incidents

Author(s): Myers, D.

The goal of the Dam Safety Program is to protect people and property from the damaging consequences of catastrophic dam failures. Each year, there are several dam failures in Mississippi and many other dams are breached under controlled conditions to avoid the possibility of a sudden failure. Some dam failures in the state have caused significant property damage, but there have been no fatalities in Mississippi attributable to a dam failure. Our goal is to provide sufficient oversight of the operational safety and structural integrity of dams in Mississippi to minimize the possibility of a life threatening catastrophic failure occurring at a dam that falls under our jurisdiction.

Since the start of the Mississippi Dam Safety program in 1978 there have been approximately 111 reported dam failures and incidents. This presentation will provide a general overview of dam failure modes, a review of recent dam failures and incidents, and lessons learned.

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