The dam is 24 metres high at its crest, and 1341 m long. The reservoir has a capacity of 4.8 million cubic metres and the spillway structure can pass up to 1274 cubic metres per second. A dam constructed on this site in 1916 failed on the afternoon of August 4, 1917, due to infiltration into its sandstone foundations. About 1000 people were killed downstream.
A subsequent structure failed in 1970.
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