Session Start Date

6-1-1988

Abstract

Kerrville Ponding Dam is a relatively small channel dam in the Guadalupe River in Kerrville, Texas. The dam is 22 feet (6.7M) high and 600 feet (183M) long and provides a water supply for the City of Kerrville. The dam was constructed during 1979-1980. Seepage problems in the abutments were observed during the initial filling of the reservoir. Some minor corrections to the problems were made at that time. In June 1981, after a moderate flood flow passed over the dam, additional seepage problems occurred. The downstream slope protection was displaced to the extent that cracks appeared in the concrete. This damage lead to a more significant amount of repair. On December 31, 1984 the dam was overtopped by a flood to a depth of 10.5 feet (3.2M) above the spillway elevation. The dam suffered severe damage including loss of a portion of the concrete cap and significant erosion of the clay core over approximately one-third of the length of the dam, and seepage related damage at both the abutment areas. Figure 1 shows the conditions of the structure in January 1985. The dam suffered a “Type 1 Accident” as defined according to International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD).

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Second Conference

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

6-1-1988

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 1988 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Kerrville Ponding Dam, Guadalupe River, Texas

Kerrville Ponding Dam is a relatively small channel dam in the Guadalupe River in Kerrville, Texas. The dam is 22 feet (6.7M) high and 600 feet (183M) long and provides a water supply for the City of Kerrville. The dam was constructed during 1979-1980. Seepage problems in the abutments were observed during the initial filling of the reservoir. Some minor corrections to the problems were made at that time. In June 1981, after a moderate flood flow passed over the dam, additional seepage problems occurred. The downstream slope protection was displaced to the extent that cracks appeared in the concrete. This damage lead to a more significant amount of repair. On December 31, 1984 the dam was overtopped by a flood to a depth of 10.5 feet (3.2M) above the spillway elevation. The dam suffered severe damage including loss of a portion of the concrete cap and significant erosion of the clay core over approximately one-third of the length of the dam, and seepage related damage at both the abutment areas. Figure 1 shows the conditions of the structure in January 1985. The dam suffered a “Type 1 Accident” as defined according to International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD).