The International Information Center for Structural Engineers

According to federal engineers, Disneyland may be in danger as a local dam could fail if an intense rainfall occurs.

Monday, 06 November 2017 01:00

40 years after Kelly Barnes dam failure

On this day in 1977, a small embankment dam located above Toccoa Falls Bible College in Georgia failed, releasing a wall of water that killed 39 people. This dam failure along with several others in the 1970s brought drastic changes in dam safety, such as the establishment of the National Dam Safety Program and many relevant state programs around the country. There are more than 90,000 dams in the US, out of which more than 15,000 are classified as high-hazard-potential structures, meaning that their failure would likely cause loss of life.