This week marks the 40 year anniversary of the Teton Dam Disaster. To commemorate the flood, Special Collections is sponsoring two open houses on Thursday, June 2, from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Videos of the flood as well as histories of the event will be shown and a special guest speaker will discuss the experiences of those who lived through the event as recorded in oral histories. This week, a blog post will be posted every day highlighting the oral history of one survivor of the flood.
Eldon Hart was at the airport when he heard about the dam breaking. His sons went up in an airplane and saw the dam actually burst. He also went in an airplane and saw a lot of the destruction, but did not think about what might be happening to his own home. His basement and part of the main level was flooded. For eight days, Eldon and his wife shoveled mud out of their house. He tells a lot of what happened with the clean up and the Bureau of Reclamation.
To read the full transcript of Eldon’s interview, go here.