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Description: Dam Break Page 1Date: March 27 1915
Newspaper published in: Washington, D. C.
Washington Times March 27, 1915 Dam Break Page 1
Many Flee Homes When Dam Breaks
Yakima Valley, In Washington Flooded; Hundreds of Families Barely Escape.
Ellensburg, Wash., March 27 - Hundreds of farmers in the lowlands of Yakima valley abandoned their homes and fled for their lives when the Government's temporary crib dam at the reclamation project in Upper Lake Keechelus broke and flooded the valley.
The wall of water from the lake flowed into Yakima river, causing it to rise rapidly. Hundreds of families narrowly escaped being trapped.
The tide reached Cleelum, eighteen miles from the lake, the residents of the little town abandoning homes and business and fleeing to the higher ground.
The lake is six miles long and one and a half miles wide. The reclamation dam was in the course of construction in the lower end of the lake.