Buyout Footage Historic Stock Footage Archive

Download full films or create your own custom cuts

keywords: lake lawn dam, damage and destruction, dam failure

Synopsis: The damage and destruction of The Lawn Lake Dam an earthen dam that failed releasing a wall of water that killed 3 people and devastated the town of Estes Park and other downstream areas...(read more)

  • Date: 1982
  • Duration: 00:11:55
  • Sound: Yes
  • Color: Color
  • Type: Public Domain
  • Language: English
  • Location: United States
001 002 003 004 005 006 007 008 009 010 011 012 013 014 015 016 017 018

Lawn Lake Dam Failure

Aftermath of the “flood of 1982” when the earthen Lawn Lake Dam in the Rocky Mountain National Park failed about 6:00 AM on the morning of July 15. The sudden release of 30 million cubic feet of water resulted in a flash flood that killed three people and caused $31 million in damages to the town of Estes Park, Colorado and other downstream areas.

Aerial view of Olympus Dam and Estes Lake, part of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project with continuing aerial views of the Fall River and main street of Estes Park, Colorado. Shows flood damage to buildings in the business district of Estes Park.

Aerial views upstream from the Fall River Valley along the Roaring River to the breached Lawn Lake Dam. Shows failure area of the Lawn Lake Dam. Another view of the outlet water at the Olympus Dam.