Bull Shoals Dam floodgates open.mpg



Bull Shoals Dam was created to impound the White River by one of the largest concrete dams in the United States and the 5th largest dam in the world at its inception. Work on the dam began in 1947, was completed in 1951 and dedicated by President Harry S. Truman in 1952. At least seven small family cemeteries and 20 larger cemeteries were meticulously relocated to accommodate the new lake.

This footage was shot on May 25, 2011 during one of the worst flood seasons in regional history. All flood gates are opened partially. The audio does not do the scene justice as to the power and force of the water rushing trough the partially opened gates. On this day the traffic was single lane traffic only and controlled by a recently installed traffic stoplight at each end of the roadway on top.

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