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Poor maintenance and heavy rains caused the South Fork Dam to fail on May 30, 1889. The burst dam sent a wall of water and debris, 40 feet high and half a mile wide, 14 miles downstream to the bustling industrial city of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. More than 2000 people died in the disaster. The documentary tells us that the disaster could have been avoided.
The Johnstown Flood is a 1989 American short documentary film directed by Charles Guggenheim about the Johnstown Flood. David McCullough, author of the 1968 book, The Johnstown Flood, hosted the film. The film won the Oscar at the 62nd Academy Awards for Documentary Short Subject.
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