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    Oroville Dam spillway expected to fail; residents ordered to evacuate


    Residents of Oroville and nearby towns were ordered to immediately evacuate Sunday after a “hazardous situation” developed involving an emergency spillway at the Oroville Dam.

    The National Weather Service said the auxiliary spillway at the Oroville Dam was expected to fail about 5:45 p.m., which could send an “uncontrolled release of flood waters from Lake Oroville.”

    Those in Oroville, a city of about 16,000 people, were asked to flee northward toward Chico. In Yuba County, those in the valley areas were urged to take routes to the east, south or west.

    “This is not a drill. This is not a drill. Repeat this is not a drill,” the National Weather Service said. Authorities urged residents to contact neighbors and family members and reach out to the elderly and assist them in evacuating.
    The Butte County Sheriff’s Department and the state Department of Water Resources said the failure of the auxiliary spillway — a 1,700-foot-long hillside route — was caused by “severe erosion.”

    The evacuations marked a dramatic turn of events at the nation’s tallest dam. For several days, officials have been trying to figure out how to get water out of Lake Oroville after the main spillway was damaged.

    The emergency spillway had never been used before — and until the last few hours it seemed to be working well. But water from rain and snow continued to flow into Lake Oroville at a rapid pace, causing the water level to rise to emergency levels.

    Lake Oroville is the linchpin of California’s state water movement system, sending water from the Sierra Nevada south to cities and farms.
    Evacuation order as Oroville Dam spillway expected to fail - LA Times
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    tHIS IS A SLIGHTLY OLDER VID, BUT EXPLAINS WHAT IS HAPPENING THERE NOW

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    Yes, I've been watching this for the last 24 hours.
    Very dramatic.
    Fingers crossed for the residents down stream.

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    If it keeps on raining
    Levee's going to break
    If it keeps on raining
    The levee's going to break

    When the levee breaks
    We'll have no place to stay
    Mean old levee
    Taught me to weep and moan

    Oh, mean old levee
    Taught me to weep and moan
    It's got what it takes
    To make a mountain man leave his home

    Oh, well, oh well, oh well

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    Our beloved Governor Moonbeam (Jerry Brown) was too busy pretending that California on its own could solve the alleged problem of climate change and damaging California's economy in the process to worry about any damn dam.

    Trump should have conditioned Federal assistance on Brown's resignation.

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    Media storm in a tea cup.
    The main fault was that no one "walked" the spill way to check for damage, years ago. Too much reliance on technology. Fat/overweight/unfit employees too self important/lazy/unmotivated/complacent to actually go and have a personal up-close look at the civil works.

    I typical stitch in time scenario now millions will have to be spent to completely rebuild the existing spillway or to build a completely new one.
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