Guests and media watch the breaching of Condit Dam from a vantage point near the dam.

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Breaching of dam unleashes flood of water, emotions

After 12 years of planning, hole blasted in Condit Dam

WHITE SALMON — Davis Washines watched in awe, then bowed his head. He wiped tears from his eyes. The sight of the White Salmon River rushing freely through the base of Condit Dam — released for the first time in 98 years Wednesday by a ground-shaking detonation of 700 pounds of dynamite — set off a rush of emotion for Washines and dozens of others watching on a live video feed, just a short walk from the blast site.

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