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There are many small earth dams perched high above the floor of the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. These dams pose a potential risk for destructive debris flow generation if they become breached. A relatively small outburst can trigger a much larger volume debris flow downstream of the dam. The failure of the Testalinden dam in the southern Okanagan region in June 2010 clearly demonstrated the destructive power of a debris flow triggered by the water released by a breach through a poorlydoi:10.14288/1.0073619 fatcat:keqteskh6rcnvmw4jmmvjunrv4