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  • Residents Can’t Be Evacuated In Time If Oroville Dam Fails Says Local Sheriff

    02/22/2017 2:02:49 PM PST · by davikkm · 20 replies
    IWB ^ | Pamela Williams
    I am not trying to scare anyone, but honestly you must consider all angles in this breaking news situation on the Orville Dam. This is only one viewpoint from a local Sheriff, but if you are near the Orville Dam you should at least weigh the story against your situation. The water levels of the Oroville Dam have dropped, somewhat. However, many officals fear that if the decision had to be made, the people could not be evacuated in time. Among those who expressed this specific doubt is Butte County Sheriff, Kory Honea.’
  • If Oroville Dam Failed, Residents Likely Would Not Be Advised in Time

    02/19/2017 2:05:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 19, 2017
    Communities immediately downstream of California's Lake Oroville dam would not receive adequate warning or time for evacuations if the 770-foot-tall dam itself — rather than its spillways — were to abruptly fail, the state water agency that operates the nation's tallest dam repeatedly advised federal regulators a half-decade ago. Regulators at the time recommended that state officials implement more public-warning systems, carry out annual public education campaigns and work to improve early detection of any problems at the dam. Six years later, state and local officials have adopted some of the recommendations, including automated warnings via reverse 911 calls to...
  • Oroville Dam Reviews

    02/19/2017 5:41:37 PM PST · by exDemMom · 44 replies
    Google Maps ^ | Variable dates | Multiple authors
    "Pretty, but not very solid. Cement walls could be higher/more reliable. C'mon dam, you had one job."--Noah Lantz, one star "I here the spillway is great right now for white water rafting. Watch out for street poles down stream though"--David Lansing, five stars "I give this dam 5 stars, because it's a shining beacon of the kind of California doctrine that they want for the rest of the country!"--Richard Howell, five stars "Dam does a great job at showcasing American ingenuity, the advances we have collectively made in water management, materials science, and our fundamentally negligent attitudes towards maintenance and...
  • Living Beneath a Wall of Water: Can Oroville Residents Trust the Dam Will Hold?

    02/18/2017 11:05:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/17 | DALE KASLER, RYAN LILLIS AND JOSÉ LUIS VILLEGAS
    The music was snapped off, and the lunchtime chatter at the Keg Room quieted down. Bartender Vivian Jenkins cranked up the volume on the two TVs hanging over the bar as “The Young and the Restless” ended and the real daytime drama came onscreen: the noon media briefing from Oroville Dam, 3 miles up the road. Friday’s episode brought encouraging news. Progress was being made on releasing water from Lake Oroville, while work crews continued to patch the dam’s troubled emergency spillway. Kory Honea, the Butte County sheriff, reminded viewers “we’re still operating under an emergency situation” and they needed...
  • Oroville Dam: What made the spillway collapse? (California)

    02/18/2017 4:49:41 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 55 replies
    San Jose Mercury News and Propaganda ^ | February 17, 2017 | Paul Rogers, Coverup Department
    How did a giant, gaping hole tear through the massive Oroville Dam’s main concrete spillway last week, setting in motion the chain of events that could have led to one of America’s deadliest dam failures? Dam experts around the country are focusing on a leading suspect: Tiny bubbles.The prospect is simple, yet terrifying and has been the culprit in a number of near disasters at dams across the globe since engineers discovered it about 50 years ago. In a process called “cavitation,” ...
  • Tear Down this Dam?

    02/18/2017 12:51:12 PM PST · by Rummyfan · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 14 Feb 2017 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Tear down this dam? © Getty Images Oroville dam, the tallest in the nation, is currently in danger of structural failure. Thousands living downstream from its desperate cascading water releases are evacuating their homes in Hollywood disaster-film fashion. Something premodern and apocalyptic like this was not supposed to have happened in a postmodern California of Google, Hollywood, and Napa Valley wineries. California’s politicians and pundits in recent years of drought swore the state was entering a cycle of permanent drought (and thus saw no need to start construction on a single dam to store the rain and snow that supposedly...
  • Oroville Dam sees turnover with private contractors

    02/18/2017 8:14:25 AM PST · by Texas Eagle · 37 replies
    ABC10, KXTV ^ | Feb. 17, 2017 | Staff
    Private contractors at the Oroville Dam have had to fire some of their workforce because of issues ranging from positive drug tests to violating the state's Department of Water Resources' social media policy. There has also been turnover because of unqualified workers. Private contractors hired to work on the dam have to vet their own employees, according to DWR spokesman Chris Orrock, who noted that no state employees have been let go because of these reasons. Crews are being brought in as needed, as space is tight, DWR Acting Director Bill Croyle said.
  • 150,000 Cubic Yards of Debris Stand in the Way of Oroville Dam's Hydroelectric Plant Restart

    02/17/2017 5:09:30 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | FEB. 17, 2017 | Joseph Serna and Louis Sahagun
    Officials at Lake Oroville reduced the rate of water release once again Friday as workers continued make repairs to a damaged spillway and clear debris from a hydroelectric plant. State Department of Water Resources engineers will decrease the flow of water in the Oroville Dam's main spillway from 80,000 cubic feet per second to 60,000 by Saturday morning, giving crews space to dredge debris from a pool at the bottom of the spillway, said DWR acting director Bill Croyle. Engineers had been pumping water out of the lake at 100,000 cfs for several days to make room for incoming storm...
  • Michigan Has Thousands of Crumbling Dams Pose Dangers

    02/17/2017 5:13:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    UpNorthLive ^ | Wednesday, February 15th 2017
    Michigan has thousands of aging and under-maintained dams that could pose localized risks. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality tells the Detroit Free Press that all but six of the state's 88 potential high-hazard dams are approaching 50 years old, the average engineered life span for a dam. The American Society of Civil Engineers gave Michigan a D grade on the condition of its dams in 2009, saying more than 90 percent of the state's nearly 2,600 dams would reach or exceed their design life by 2020.
  • AP Exclusive: If [Oroville] California dam failed, people likely stuck

    02/17/2017 11:09:41 AM PST · by sevinufnine · 51 replies
    SF Gate ^ | February 17, 2017 | Ellen Knickmeyer
    Communities just downstream of California's Lake Oroville dam would not receive adequate warning or time for evacuations if the 770-foot-tall dam itself — rather than its spillways — were to abruptly fail, the state water agency that operates the nation's tallest dam repeatedly advised federal regulators a half-decade ago. The state Department of Water Resources informed federal dam regulators that local emergency officials "do not believe there is enough time to perform evacuations in the communities immediately downstream of the dam during a sudden failure," according to a Feb. 8, 2011, letter reviewed by The Associated Press. Absent "significant" advance...
  • The Media Is Already Linking Oroville Dam Disaster To Global Warming

    02/16/2017 7:09:31 AM PST · by Zakeet · 43 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | February 15, 2017 | Michael Bastasch
    A number of news outlets claim the near collapse of the Oroville dam's emergency spillway in California is a glimpse of what man-made global warming could bring. "Oroville Is a Warning for California Dams, as Climate Change Adds Stress," the New York Times reported. "Broken California Dam Is a Sign of Emergencies to Come," reads an article published in Scientific American, adding that "[c]limate change is leading to more extreme rainfalls that can overwhelm infrastructure."
  • A disaster at the Oroville Dam could easily become a crisis for Los Angeles too

    02/16/2017 7:08:38 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 39 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 13, 2017 | The Times Editorial Board
    Southern Californians have been drinking from the Feather River — and washing in it, flushing with it and sprinkling it over their lawns — for nearly a half century without giving it much thought, so the emergency at distant Oroville Dam provides a jolting reminder of our dependence on the wetter, northern part of the state. A disaster there could easily become a crisis here.
  • CoreLogic: $13.3B in Reconstruction at Risk in Northern California Dam Failure

    02/16/2017 1:09:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Insurance Journal ^ | February 15, 2017
    Roughly 50,047 single- and multi-family residential homes could be damaged with an estimated reconstruction cost value of $13.3 billion if the Oroville Dam in California were to fail completely, according to new data analysis from CoreLogic that included the six primary counties in that area. Fears of flooding from the nation’s tallest dam, which reaches 770 feet, prompted evacuation orders for nearly 200,000 people. A word from our sponsor: Sponsored by: Water Security Solutions U.S. Click here for more info.How does Western Security Surplus work to your advantage? How do we keep ahead of the competition? And what motivates us...
  • The Oroville Dam Crisis Could Happen Elsewhere

    02/16/2017 1:13:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Nationak Geographic ^ | FEBRUARY 15, 2017 | Christina Nunez
    The damaged California dam is in the spotlight now, but it’s not alone among the facilities needing upgrades if more problems are to be avoided.How many U.S. dams are at risk of a crisis like the one currently unfolding in California, as officials work to stave off disaster at the compromised Oroville Dam? The short answer is, we don’t really know—but probably quite a few. Until this month, Oroville’s emergency spillway had never been used in its nearly 50-year history. After weeks of rain and a breach in the dam’s main spillway, officials turned to the auxiliary one to help...
  • Flooding Concerns Heightened in South Bay as Full Anderson Reservoir Expected to Overflow

    02/16/2017 12:20:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Feb 15, 2017 | Bob Redell and Brendan Weber
    Rising water filling up Santa Clara County's Anderson Reservoir, which was 99.3 percent full as of Wednesday, is expected to flow over the dam's spillway as a result of this week's impending storms. Unlike the potentially catastrophic situation with Lake Oroville's emergency spillway, the Anderson Reservoir's operational spillway is not at risk of failure, according to Santa Clara Valley Water District officials. Despite that good news, officials in Santa Clara County are warning residents living along Coyote Creek and near Kelley Park to be on the lookout for potential flooding. Water officials for the past month have been releasing water...
  • Obama Stimulus Funds:$22 Million Went to California Dam in ‘Good Shape’,$0 for Failing Oroville Dam

    02/16/2017 4:00:54 PM PST · by davikkm · 17 replies
    thegatewaypundit ^ | Ryan Saavedra
    Millions Went To California Dam In Good Shape The Washington Free Beacon is reporting that of the $34 billion that the State of California received from Obama’s 2009 stimulus package, $0 went to the failing Oroville dam while millions went to a dam that was in ‘good shape’. From The Free Beacon: Despite more than a decade of warnings about Oroville, there is no public record of the country’s tallest dam receiving any of the more than $34 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act sent to California for infrastructure projects. Over $22 million in stimulus funds did go...
  • Oroville Dam Update

    02/16/2017 5:55:51 AM PST · by keat · 60 replies
    February 16, 2017, 5:42 a.m .PST | self
    It rained through most of the night in the Oroville area. A storm passed over and is currently dumping rain in the foothills and mountains to the east of the lake. It's a warm storm and can be expected to trigger some snow melt and runoff. As of 5 a.m. the reservoir level stood at 870 feet, 30 feet below the lip of the emergency berm. Inflow from the storm should begin late today and max out over the weekend. It remains to be seen whether this will cause the lake to rise dangerously as releases continue at the maximum....
  • Obama stimulus funds went to California dam in good shape, but not to Oroville.

    02/16/2017 3:15:16 AM PST · by gattaca · 16 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Feb. 16, 2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The 2009 stimulus package funded millions of dollars for safety improvements for a dam in California that was in “good shape,” but not to the Oroville Dam that is now on the verge of a spillway crisis. Nearly 200,000 residents north of Sacramento were ordered to evacuate after fears that erosion would cause the emergency spillway to fail, which would lead to “catastrophic flooding“ from a 30-foot wall of water. Despite more than a decade of warnings about Oroville, there is no public record of the country’s tallest dam receiving any of the more than $34 billion from the American...
  • Super-soaker: Atmospheric River taking aim on beleaguered #OrovilleDam

    02/15/2017 6:25:32 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 13 replies
    Watts up With That ^ | Feb 15 2017 | Anthony Watts
    We’ve already had two big events like this so far this year, now forecasts show a clear pattern of a heavily moisture laden “atmospheric river” taking aim directly onto the Oroville Dam watershed over the next week. Accumulated precipitation forecasts show that the Lake Orovile watershed will score a direct hit with the maximum amount of precipitation over the next 10 days (see graphic near bottom of this article). Meteorologist Paul Dorian of Vencore Weather writes: There have been many occasions in the past in which floods have followed droughts in California and this recent time period is yet another...
  • Oroville Dam: Crews work into the night to bolster eroded spillway as next storm approaches

    02/15/2017 5:59:22 PM PST · by Mariner · 88 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | February 15th, 2017 | By Phillip Reese and Ryan Lillis
    Oroville Crews worked into the night Wednesday to shore up the emergency spillway at troubled Oroville Dam, racing to fortify the structure before the next series of storms, the first of which was forecast to hit before midnight. Three storm systems will move into Northern California during the next six days, according to the National Weather Service. The first system will drop about an inch of rain in the Oroville area between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 4 p.m. Thursday. Greater amounts of precipitation will fall in the mountains northeast of the reservoir. Forecasters are confident that the first two storm...
  • After Oroville Dam State of Emergency, Experts Look at Southern Oregon Dams

    02/15/2017 7:01:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    KTVL ^ | Wednesday, February 15th 2017 | Mike Marut
    In Oregon, seven dams have been deemed unsatisfactory - one in Josephine County, another in Curry County. Oregon Water Resources Department and Josephine County Parks say they know the McMullen Dam in Lake Selmac has problems. They have known for years. "With the parks budget being just over $1 million, the cost of the dam itself is going to come in between {$1 million and $3 million] dollars to improve it," Josephine County Parks manager Sarah Wright said. To get an 'unsatisfactory' result means the dam cannot contain or handle a moderate sized flood. At Lake Selmac, that's rare -...
  • What is going on with this Dam. Very simple

    02/14/2017 11:35:11 PM PST · by Company Man · 23 replies
    Imgur ^ | 2/14/17 | EddieWeeks
    Photo series with detailed explanations.
  • Walking Around The Evacuated Town of Oroville 2/13/17

    02/14/2017 5:26:42 PM PST · by Trumpnation · 15 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2-14-17 | JR
    Empty buildings, empty streets, empty businesses. It's like a Hollywood ghost town movie set in Oroville, California due to the dam overflow.
  • California to get federal aid for Lake Oroville situation, January storms

    02/14/2017 9:13:15 PM PST · by Ray76 · 26 replies
    KCRA ^ | Feb 14, 2017:
    California was granted emergency funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency Tuesday for both the situation at Lake Oroville and to help with the damage caused by the severe January storms.
  • California DWR videos of Emergency Spillway Operation

    02/14/2017 3:04:08 PM PST · by CedarDave · 23 replies
    California DWR Videos ^ | February 13, 2017 | California DWR
    Five separate videos shot by CA DWR as the emergency spillway becomes active (overtops) at 8:a.m. on Saturday morning through Sunday p.m., and work on Monday to drop rock to fill the erosion channels. Most videos are from drones and the relationship of the spillway to the main spillway on the right (direction southeast) and the parking lot on the left (direction northwest) can be easily seen. It appears that the fear of failure of the emergency spillway was two-fold with erosion moving back up to the narrow base of the spillway and possibly undercutting the concrete spillway, and the...
  • DONNELLY: Jerry Brown’s California Legacy is a Dam Failure

    02/14/2017 3:18:34 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Feb 2017 | by ASSEMBLYMAN TIM DONNELLY
    The Oroville Dam — at 770 feet, America’s tallest — is on the verge of failing. And Sacramento, which has been fiddling for decades while Rome burns, is running for cover. This isn’t just any dam; it’s the primary storage facility located on the Feather River for the State Water Project, the state-owned conveyance system that provides drinking water to more than two-thirds of California’s population. If the dam were to fail, it could inundate not only the city of Oroville but numerous other communities downstream, including Yuba City, Marysville and even West Sacramento. At the moment, the emergency spillway...
  • Evacuations lifted for communities below Oroville Dam

    02/14/2017 2:19:38 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 22 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 2-14-17 | Veronica Rocha
    Authorities lifted mandatory evacuation orders Tuesday for communities below the Oroville Dam. At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea announced the order had been changed to an evacuation warning after he said the risk of flooding had been reduced. "We have concluded it is safe to reduce the emergency evacuation order to an evacuation warning"said Honea, who had made the initial call Sunday to evacuate a large swath of three counties below the imperiled dam. At the time, residents were told the spillway to the dam could collapse within an hour. Roadblocks on the two main...
  • Woo hoo! Dam disaster averted! Evacuation lifted! Praise God! Thank you, FRiends!

    02/14/2017 2:09:51 PM PST · by Texas Eagle · 57 replies
    n/a | Feb. 14, 2017 | Texas Eagle
    Praise God and thank all you FReepers for your prayers and offers of assistance!
  • Helicopter Crews At The Oroville Dam 2-13-17

    02/14/2017 10:43:54 AM PST · by Trumpnation · 19 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2-14-17 | JR
    Footage of crews using helicopters yesterday to move large bags of rocks into Oroville emergency dam spillway.
  • In CA, billions for high-speed rail and illegal aliens, nothing for Oroville Dam

    02/14/2017 10:03:09 AM PST · by detective · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 14, 2017 | Rick Moran
    The massive evacuation of the area surrounding California's Oroville Dam would not have been necessary if state officials had heeded the warnings of experts a decade ago. But defenders of Governor Brown claim that fixing the emergency spillway now threatening to collapse and cause catastrophic flooding was never a priority and that the massive rainfall that has led to the crisis could not have been foreseen. That may be true.  But it is also a fact that the state spent billions for the $100-billion high-speed rail system, and billions more were spent on caring for illegal aliens.  A tiny fraction...
  • Gov. Moonbeam on Oroville Dam: "Stuff happens"

    02/14/2017 8:01:35 AM PST · by Texas Eagle · 29 replies
    youtube ^ | Feb. 13, 2017 | Cal OES
    Fast forward to about the 8:30 mark to hear the germination of the CYA seed that is sure to grow into a mighty oak. Disgraceful.
  • Evacuations for 180K+ people near Lake Oroville to stay in place

    02/14/2017 6:09:46 AM PST · by Mariner · 75 replies
    KCRA Sacramento ^ | February 14th, 2017 | Sarah Heise
    While more than 180,000 residents remain evacuated from their homes in Butte, Sutter and Yuba counties, there is no timetable as to when people can return home as water officials and engineers assess the damage and situation at the two damaged Oroville Dam spillways, the Butte County sheriff said Monday. As tensions remain high around the area, some good news came early Monday morning when water levels at Lake Oroville dropped below capacity, stopping water from spilling over the potentially hazardous emergency spillway. However, officials are still looking to lower the lake another 50 feet to less than 850 feet...
  • Nearly 200,000 face ‘pure chaos’ after California dam breach

    02/14/2017 5:14:04 AM PST · by ColdOne · 56 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 2/14/17 | Danika Fears
    It was sudden, potentially deadly — and nothing any of the residents of a California valley town could have imagined. Nearly 200,000 people were told to grab what they could — now — and head for higher ground or face being swept away by a breach in the Oroville Dam, the nation’s tallest. Panic set in as the mass of northern Californians were forced to confront a threat of biblical proportions: a 30-foot wall of water that threatened to come crashing down on their homes. “Everyone was running around. It was pure chaos,” Oroville, Calif., resident Maggie Cabral told local...
  • Race to save badly damaged California dam before MORE rainfall: Second storm is set to hit......

    02/14/2017 12:34:16 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 54 replies
    .dailymail.co.uk ^ | 13 February 2017 | Liam Quinn and Gareth Davies For Dailymail.com
    Race to save badly damaged California dam before MORE rainfall: Second storm is set to hit the tallest dam in America in 48 hours and could cause devastating 100ft deep flood that will leave 200,000 homeless  Authorities have said they want to lower the water level by at least 50 feet before storms arrive Wednesday There are fears the Oroville Dam could collapse and unleash flooding, leaving towns 100 foot underwaterNearly 200,000 residents evacuated in Butte, Sutter and Yuba counties in Northern California amid fearsThe average annual rainfall is about 31 inches, but since October, the area has seen 25 inches...
  • Expert: What You Need to Know about the Oroville Dam Crisis

    02/14/2017 8:10:36 AM PST · by pax_et_bonum · 47 replies
    PeakProsperity ^ | February 13, 2017 | Adam Taggart
    To make sense of the fast-developing situation at California's Oroville Dam, Chris spoke today with Scott Cahill, an expert with 40 years of experience on large construction and development projects on hundreds of dams, many of them earthen embankment ones like the dam at Oroville. Scott has authored numerous white papers on dam management, he's a FEMA trainer for dam safety, and is the current owner of Watershed Services of Ohio which specializes in dam projects across the eastern US. Suffice it to say, he knows his "dam" stuff. Scott and Chris talk about the physics behind the failing spillways...
  • Oroville dam spillway expected to collapse (Photos and video )

    02/13/2017 10:20:19 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 50 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | 1 day ago February 12, 2017 | Anthony Watts
    UPDATE: Drone video over spillway added.Collapse of emergency spillway expected, evacuation orderedDepartment of Water Resources officials say they expect the emergency spillway at Oroville Dam to fail, and say residents should evacuate northward.The emergency spillway suffered erosion and could fail, according to DWR. If that happens, the water behind that barrier will comedown the hill and down the river.Flow through the broken main spillway was increased to 100,000 cubic feet per second in an effort to lower the water level in the lake more rapidly.The Butte County Sheriff’s Office reports helicopters will be depositing rock-filled containers to strengthen the potential...
  • California's Oroville Dam Disaster Is a Wake-Up Call for America

    02/13/2017 10:15:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    CNBC ^ | 2/14
    No, humans cannot make it rain, stop the rain, or produce real rainbows in the sky. But we can do things that protect ourselves from the rain and get it to work for our agriculture and overall economy. And it's clearer than ever that Californians have simply failed to do those things as the Oroville Dam crisis continues to force massive evacuations and raises fears of a potential disaster. When we talk about America's need for an improved and repaired infrastructure, we usually focus on roads, airports, and innovative new projects like the Hyperloop. But we often forget the crucial...
  • ‘We’re doing everything we can,’ Jerry Brown says of dam emergency

    02/13/2017 7:30:57 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 167 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Feb 13 2017 | Sacramento Bee
    California Gov. Jerry Brown, appealing to the Trump administration for direct federal assistance on the Oroville Dam’s emergency spillway, said Monday that he remains encouraged that the state and federal government can work constructively.
  • Repair work on Lake Oroville spillways begins

    02/13/2017 7:18:20 PM PST · by Mariner · 124 replies
    KCRA Sacramento ^ | February 13th, 2017 | KCRA Staff
    OROVILLE, Calif. (KCRA) — Crews are beginning to make repairs to the spillways at Lake Oroville, the California Department of Water Resources said. “Efforts are underway to make repairs to both the primary and auxiliary spillways at Lake Oroville,” officials tweeted. Military-grade helicopters are picking up 1-ton containers of rocks from a parking lot near Lake Oroville, flying them to the erosion scar at the emergency spillway and dropping the containers into the hole.
  • Editorial: State, Feds Must Answer for Oroville Dam Fiasco

    02/13/2017 2:11:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | February 13, 2017
    Federal and state officials have a lot to answer for in the wake of the Oroville Dam fiasco. They decided in 2005 to ignore warnings that the massive earthen spillway adjacent to the dam itself could erode during heavy winter rains — which it has done — and cause a calamity, which it very nearly did this week and could yet do by the end of this winter. No less to blame are the water agencies, including the powerful Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which argued that paying for the upgrades a decade ago was unnecessary. The 180,000 people...
  • Amateur video of Oroville dam overflowing 2/13/17

    02/13/2017 8:47:52 AM PST · by Trumpnation · 73 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2/13/17 | JR
    Amature video shot today close to the dam.
  • California Dam Running on Temporary Licenses

    02/13/2017 4:08:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2/13
    A California dam threatened by a damaged emergency spillway has operated under temporary licenses for a decade. A spokeswoman for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says a 50-year license for Oroville Dam, the nation's tallest, expired in January 2007. Mary O'Driscoll told The Associated Press that the facility has been operating under an existing license that's renewed each year. The California Department of Water Resources, which operates the dam, applied for a new 50-year license in 2005. O'Driscoll said the federal agency finally received all the necessary permits and other documents needed to decide on the new license last December....
  • The 1963 Baldwin Hills Dam Collapse

    02/13/2017 2:25:32 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 13, 2013 | Scott Harrison
    Ten years ago, for the 40th anniversary of the Dec. 14, 1963 Baldwin Hills Dam collapse, Los Angeles Times staff writer Bob Pool reported: The Baldwin Hills Dam collapsed with the fury of a thousand cloudbursts, sending a 50-foot wall of water down Cloverdale Avenue and slamming into homes and cars on Dec. 14, 1963. Five people were killed. Sixty-five hillside houses were ripped apart, and 210 homes and apartments were damaged. The flood swept northward in a V-shaped path roughly bounded by La Brea Avenue and Jefferson and La Cienega boulevards. The earthen dam that created a 19-acre reservoir...
  • Oroville Dam Spillway Emergency: Number of People Ordered to Evacuate Rises to Nearly 200,000 (CA)

    02/13/2017 5:52:03 AM PST · by bgill · 48 replies
    weather.com ^ | Feb. 12, 2017 | AP
    Nearly 200,000 people remained under evacuation orders Monday as California authorities try to fix erosion of the emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam that could unleash uncontrolled flood waters if it fails. About 150 miles northeast of San Francisco, Lake Oroville - one of California's largest man-made lakes - had water levels so high that an emergency spillway was used Saturday for the first time in almost 50 years. The evacuation was ordered Sunday afternoon after engineers spotted a hole on the concrete lip of the secondary spillway for the 770-foot-tall Oroville Dam and told authorities that it could...
  • The Oroville Dam Failure

    02/12/2017 6:49:25 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 102 replies
    Linkedin ^ | February 10, 2017 | Scott Cahill
    I have heard that the emergency spillway is eroding through cutback. This will be an evolutionary erosive failure. It will take some time for the cut back. Hopefully the erosion will be stopped at bedrock, However, I fear that if the erosion of the emergency spillway, on the canted bedrock of the abutment communicates with the hydraulics of the principal spillway, this may result in a V notch failure. This would be the most serious type of failure.
  • All of Yuba County Ordered to Evacuate Immediately.

    02/12/2017 5:55:03 PM PST · by Mariner · 405 replies
    KCRA Sacramento ^ | February 12th, 2017 | KCRA Staff
    "Officials are anticipating a failure of the Auxiliary Spillway at Oroville Dam within the next 60 minutes (5:45 p.m.)," the California Department of Water Resources said on Facebook. The Yuba County Office of Emergency Services said on Facebook an evacuation has been for "all Yuba County on the valley floor." The city of Marysville and Yuba County have been ordered to evacuate, the Marysville Police Department tweeted.
  • Evacuations Ordered Due to ‘Hazardous Situation’ Developing at Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway

    02/12/2017 5:11:49 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 59 replies
    Fox 40 ^ | February 12, 2017 | Genny McLaren
    OROVILLE — Immediate evacuations have been ordered for residents of the low levels of Oroville and areas downstream, according to officials with the California Department of Water Resources. Officials say a hazardous situation is developing with the Oroville Dam auxiliary spillway. The operation of the auxiliary spillway has led to severe erosion that could lead to a failure of the auxiliary spillway. Officials are anticipating a failure of the auxiliary spillway at Oroville Dam within the next 60 minutes.
  • BREAKING: Fearing collapse of emergency spillway at Oroville Dam, Oroville evacuated

    02/12/2017 5:07:02 PM PST · by Mariner · 45 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | February 12th, 2017 | By Ryan Sabalow
    The Butte County Sheriff’ Office released the following statement on Facebook: This is an evacuation order. Immediate evacuation from the low levels of Oroville and areas downstream is ordered. A hazardous situation is developing with the Oroville Dam auxiliary spillway. Operation of the auxiliary spillway has lead to severe erosion that could lead to a failure of the structure. Failure of the auxiliary spillway structure will result in an uncontrolled release of flood waters from Lake Oroville.In response to this developing situation, DWR is increasing water releases to 100,000 cubic feet per second. Immediate evacuation from the low levels of...
  • Emergency: California’s Oroville Dam Spillway Near Failure, Evacuations Ordered

    02/12/2017 4:26:47 PM PST · by janetjanet998 · 1,753 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Feb 12, 2017 | Joel B. Pollak1
    <p>OROVILLE, Calif. - An immediate evacuation from the low levels of Oroville and areas downstream is ordered.</p> <p>A hazardous situation has developed with the Oroville Dam auxiliary spillway. Officials say that operation of the auxiliary spillway has lead to severe erosion that could lead to a failure of the structure.</p>
  • Water Flowing Over Emergency Spillway at Lake Oroville For First Time Since 1968

    02/11/2017 10:39:19 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    Officials say water has begun flowing over the emergency spillway at Lake Oroville for the first time since it opened in 1968 in Northern California's Butte County. A spokesman for California's Department of Water Resources says water began flowing over the emergency spillway around 8 a.m. Saturday. Officials had been hoping to avoid using the emergency spillway because it could cause trees to fall