Condit Dam breach

The 125-foot-tall Condit Dam was breached shortly after noon on Oct. 26, 2011, sending the White Salmon River rushing through a hole at its base.


  1. The day's coverage started with a preview of the breach.

  2. Three Columbian reporters were on the scene to live blog the breach.
  3. The breach even caught the attention of some national media outlets.
  4. Here's the view of Northwestern Lake from before the blast. Scroll down for the "after" photo.
  5. The historic blast started at 12:06 p.m. with a cloud of gray dust, followed by heavy black smoke and a huge torrent of water. See for yourself!

  6. Condit Dam Breached; White Salmon River freed
  7. "A huge roar of amazement erupted from the crowd gathered under a tent to watch the live stream video as water, dirt and concrete dust boiled into the canyon of the White Salmon River." - Kathie Durbin, in the Columbian's live blog of the event.
  8. The first blast photos popped up almost immediately.
  9. It didn't take long for the Twitterverse to weigh in on the blast ...
  10. "Awesome," "incredible" and "powerful" were just some of the words folks used to describe the breach.
  11. Attention turned downstream shortly after the blast.