The historic breaching of Condit Dam in the White Salmon River ends more than a dozen years of planning and legal wrangling. The carefully orchestrated blast opened up a PacifiCorp-owned dam that has blocked the river since 1913. It also entirely drained Northwestern Lake, the reservoir behind the dam.
This video shows the first moments after the breaching of Condit Dam on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, releasing the White Salmon River to flow freely for the first time in more than 100 years.
Guests and media watch the breaching of Condit Dam from a vantage point near the dam.