- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: August 28, 1999
Survivors of the deadliest dam breaks in modern American history tell their harrowing tales.
Some, like Glen Canyon, Grand Coulee and Hoover, are among mankind's finest engineering accomplishments. But whenever a dam is built, man is throwing down a gauntlet in the face of nature. Inevitably, the power of the water wins some of these battles.
DAM BREAKS tells the stories of three events that illustrate the risks and dangers of trying to control the waters. See the destruction that followed the collapse of the Baldwin Hills Reservoir above Los Angeles in 1963, releasing 292 million gallons of water and washing away a community. Hear from the survivors of the Buffalo Creek Dam collapse in 1972, when the shoddily built barrier erected by a coal company gave away, taking 125 lives with it as the torrents of black water raced downhill. Finally, see how the largest dam failure in American history was the result of poor government planning. Miraculously, only eleven people were killed, but it could have been far worse.
They are an unnatural ""natural disaster"" caused more by man's arrogance than nature's wrath, but no one can dispute the power and danger of DAM BREAKS.