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Problem Title: Flood Planning

  Year: 2005      
  Student Level: Undergraduate      
  Source: MCM      
  Commentary: Yes (1)      
  Student Papers: Yes (3)      

Lake Murray in central South Carolina is formed by a large earthen dam, which was completed in 1930 for power production. Model the flooding downstream in the event there is a catastrophic earthquake that breaches the dam.

Two particular questions:
Rawls Creek is a year-round stream that flows into the Saluda River a short distance downriver from the dam. How much flooding will occur in Rawls Creek from a dam failure, and how far back will it extend?

Could the flood be so massive downstream that water would reach up to the S.C. State Capitol Building, which is on a hill overlooking the Congaree River?


Judge's Commentary: The Outstanding Flood Planning Papers

Daniel Zwillinger
Raytheon Company

  Student Papers      

From Lake Murray to a Dam Slurry

Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA


Through the Breach: Modeling Flooding from a Dam Failure in South Carolina

University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada


Analysis of Dam Failure in the Saluda River Valley

University of Washington, Seattle,WA