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Disaster Porn Saturday Night: Killer Flood: The Day the Dam Broke

Trapped in the shaft, David (Joe Lando) and son Garth (Matthew Ewald) have to figure out which way to go

Trapped in the shaft, David (Joe Lando) and son Garth (Matthew Ewald) have to figure out which way to go

In the early part of the new century, a few made for TV movies were made and thankfully this was a little bit better than the others.

With the snow pact melting, heavy rain and the closure of a neighboring dam, the Rankin Dam is taking on the excess runoff and with water rising its becoming a concern for the employees but they don't want to sound the alarm just yet, but against their will, they have to since there's been an accident inside the plant.

Intern Garth Powell (Matthew Ewald) makes a bet with veteran employee Frank (Christopher Kriesa) regarding the rising water. He tells him that it should rise 32% within the next 48 hours, but the alarms go off when a leak springs inside.

Bruce (Danny Johnson) rushes to contain the leak, but the force is too strong and the ceiling collapses on him as Garth and Frank watch in horror. Knowing that he's not going to make it, he urges Frank to let him die.

At a hearing the next day, Diane Gonzalo (Celeste Oliva) demands answers from Walker (Bruce Boxleitner) who took over construction of the dam. He tells the board that his team did nothing wrong and if there's anyone to blame, it's David Powell (Joe Lando) who cut corners.

Well, Powell just happens to come into the meeting and the fingers are pointed at one another, which puts Natalie Powell (Michele Greene) in the middle since she's separated from the long lost David and has been childhood friends with Walker.

With the arrival of Powell back in town, she doesn't want to talk or see him since he abandoned the family five years prior and when he shows up on the family doorstep, she won't listen to him about any impending disaster.

David tells her that the town needs to be evacuated because he's sensing an even bigger problem and since she steps into the interim mayor position the next day, he thinks that he can get her to evacuate the town.

The next day, he does some investigating at the base of the dam and notices that it's shifted nine inches and later discovers that Walker never completed the tube which would have diverted water runoff.

With another accident, David urges Natalie to evacuate, but Walker later tells her that he's panicking for naught. Walker is selling off the dam to Ken Sanders (Patrick Shea) and with knowing of the problems, he doesn't want Sanders to know since he's spent all of the money that Sanders has given him.

When Sheriff Ted Metcalf (D.K. Kelly) won't go along with Natalie, she fires him and places Deputy Bloom (Joshua J. Masters) in the role. He doesn't know what to do, and she assures him that he'll be fine since she doesn't know about being a mayor.

Back at the dam, more accidents occur and David knows that it's going to collapse within a few hours and during this time, he and Garth have a heart to heart talk about why he left and Garth goes a little bipolar when he understands and rejects his father's explanations.

While releasing water from the dam, the warehouse district of town is flooded trapping Natalie in a dumpster. Thankfully she survives.

With time running out, Garth and David are trapped at the dam and tell Natalie that they won't survive, but she won't accept this and heads for the dam to rescue them.

As the dam collapses, it's now a race against time for the Powell's as the raging waters chase them through the streets of Rutland.

Overall, this is a pretty good movie, but of course there's the dysfunctional family, the father/son issues, the corrupt businessmen and okay special effects, even though they've been lifted from other movies.


The tranquil water hidden behind the Rankin Dam unleashes it's incredible force

The tranquil water hidden behind the Rankin Dam unleashes it's incredible force

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