The Vajont dam is a dam designed from 1926 to 1958 by engineer Semenza.
The purpose of the dam was to serve as a seasonal regulating water reservoir for the waters of the Piave river of the Mae' and Boite streams that previously went directly to the basin of the Gallina valley that supplied the large Soverzene power station.
The waters, removed from their natural course, were thus channelled from the Pieve di Cadore dam (Piave river), the Pontesei dam (Maè torrent) and the Valle di Cadore dam (Boite torrent) to the Vajont basin through kilometres of vibrated reinforced concrete pipes and spectacular Ponti Tubo bridges.
The Vajont disaster occurred on 9 October 1963. A landslide broke away from Mount Toc and fell into the basin causing a wave that overcame the dam and destroyed the village of Longarone causing 2,000 victims.
Not to forget, today you can visit the Vajont dam with the help of experienced nature guides. This is not a fun visit, it is important to know. Visiting the Vajont dam today, where the terrible tragedy occurred, is a life experience, which must teach everyone that such things must never happen again.
When you get to the starting point of the dam to welcome visitors, there is a series of small flags affixed to the fence which acts as a parapet: lots of coloured flags bearing the names of the children who were victims of the tragedy. Really touching.