The Condit Dam held back the White Salmon River in Washington for 98 years. Last week a hole was blasted in the base of the 125-foot high dam, freeing the reservoir behind it.
The lake took less than 2 hours to drain, carrying an incredible amount of sediment and debris downstream to the Columbia. Now, a more gradual process begins–the erosion of millions of cubic yards of trapped silt, the return of threatened salmon and ultimately the complete removal of Condit Dam.
The detonation was captured on a timelapse video by Andy Maser: