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> Prayers for members Harvey and Al Weidman., The Oroville Dam E-Spillway is failing.
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post Feb 12 2017, 08:10 PM
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The dam itself is apparently holding, but the Emergency Spillway which is being used for the first time in the 50 year history of the dam is eroding away quickly and expected to fail. Oroville is below the dam.

Residents have been told to evacuate. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/sad.gif)
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post Feb 12 2017, 08:23 PM
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Showing this on the weather channel, hope all who need to evacuate are safe.
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post Feb 12 2017, 08:31 PM
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Yeah, devastating! I've been following that - amazing failure - hope everyone evacuates safely!

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post Feb 12 2017, 08:36 PM
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We went there in September for our last camping trip of the year and stayed at the campground right at the top of the dam.
The water was so low that they had to extend the boat ramp some 300 feet down and were advising people against hiking down to the water.
You could not have thrown a rock from the top of the boat ramp and hit the water.
It was totally surreal, actually.


And now the whole thing is overflowing ...
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post Feb 12 2017, 08:50 PM
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Yes...as a civil engineer this is astounding. Not often that you see something like this.

Apparently the dam is holding, however with damage to the main spillway and and using the emergency spillway only....there is no control over the amount of water overtopping the spillway.....meaning the area downstream is subject to that flow.

They can't use the mail spillway any more as it may erode the division to the main dam.

This is a bad situation and my prayers are for the people downstream. Let' pray for it to stop raining...never thought I'd say that after the last six years.
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post Feb 12 2017, 08:55 PM
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Apparently there is so much water overtopping the emergency spillway it is in danger of structurally failing by undermining it.

This is a bad situation.
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post Feb 12 2017, 09:00 PM
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For those who haven't seen it, this video gives you an idea of what things were looking like today:

https://www.facebook.com/abc7news/videos/10155133010292079/
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post Feb 12 2017, 09:10 PM
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KCRA has a live feed with chopper video.

The scary thing is the amount of mud in the water from what I think is the emergency spillway.
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post Feb 12 2017, 09:33 PM
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OMG! That is just horrific. I hope everyone is able to get out and be safe. How does our infrastructure get to this point in CA? Aside from all of the residents, I particularly hope Harvey and Al do OK in this. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/sad.gif)
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post Feb 12 2017, 10:41 PM
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Shocking situation. Can only hope the dam integrity survives. My thoughts are with those having to evacuate. Keep safe.
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post Feb 12 2017, 10:55 PM
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QUOTE(Cairo94507 @ Feb 12 2017, 07:33 PM) *

How does our infrastructure get to this point in CA?


Howard Jarvis

Watching this closely and hoping for the best.
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post Feb 13 2017, 12:10 AM
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Kelty, really, blaming Howard Jarvis? Weed must be legal where you live. Remember, "moderation".

On to the facts. My niece evacuated from her home in Oroville yesterday. Thank god because the area is complete gridlock today. She went to stay with my inlaws in Yuba City which is now under voluntary evacuation. Apparently everything along the Feather River is in danger.
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post Feb 13 2017, 12:16 AM
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We needed high speed rail more than water management in California, apparently.
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post Feb 13 2017, 01:11 AM
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Pretty spectacular


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post Feb 13 2017, 02:12 AM
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One of my employees is in the Army National Guard. He was activated tonight to support disaster response in the Lake Oroville area.
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post Feb 13 2017, 06:35 AM
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I had not previously seen the image mark posted. The size of the resevior is incredible. I hope the dam holds and the weather pattern breaks.
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post Feb 13 2017, 06:49 AM
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Hitting close to home here too...my cousin's family of six lives in Gridley - just south of Oroville - they have evacuated to my aunt/uncles in Grass Valley. It took several hours to make a trip that usually would take 35 minutes. Hoping for the best!

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QUOTE(Blue6 @ Feb 13 2017, 01:10 AM) *

Kelty, really, blaming Howard Jarvis? Weed must be legal where you live. Remember, "moderation".

On to the facts. My niece evacuated from her home in Oroville yesterday. Thank god because the area is complete gridlock today. She went to stay with my inlaws in Yuba City which is now under voluntary evacuation. Apparently everything along the Feather River is in danger.

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post Feb 13 2017, 08:38 AM
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Grateful that the evacuation order was given. Hopeful that tragedy is averted. Praying for my Cali peeps.
If they should need anything, can someone local help organize a way to raise funds or get needed supplies their way?
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post Feb 13 2017, 08:47 AM
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Great thought. If help is needed, please post what we can do. I only know Harvey, and he's one of the special folk.





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post Feb 13 2017, 09:44 AM
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One of my fellow Volvo buddies lives up there and has been trying to pack his stuff up for a while now.

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