Will The Feather River in Ca Overflow Its Banks?
By de Andréa,
Opinion Editorialist for
‘THE BOTTOM LINE’
Posted February 12, 2017
I wrote the following article back on February 10 but didn’t publish it because things were changing so rapidly I thought it would be old news by the time anyone would read it. And now it has proved to be true. A few minutes ago an alert was reported that the dam is in Jeopardy of collapsing. At the very least there will be floods along the Feather River because they are letting more than a hundred thousand cubic feet per second out of the dam in an effort to try and save it.
The following is the article written on February 10.
Oroville Dam, is the second largest dam in California and it is crumbling. Even if the dam holds together, there are tons more water flowing into the lake than can possibly be released causing the lake to eventually overflow the dam in an emergency automatic uncontrolled overflow spillway that has never been used.
Situated in the western foothills of the Sierra, Lake Oroville is the second-largest man-made reservoir in California after Shasta. It's a key flood-control and water-storage facility within the California State Water Project, and its fresh water releases control salinity intrusion into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and protect the health of fish and wildlife.
With water flowing into Oroville Lake today at a rate of 103,000 cubic feet per second, the lake will overflow the dam this coming week.
The flow of 53,000 cubic feet per second down the spillway tore a 300-foot-long, 30-foot-deep hole in the spillway as massive amounts of water and chunks of concrete surged down the Feather River. Numerous mudslide and washouts were reported downstream.
Acting director of the Department of Water Services Bill Croyle in a Wednesday press conference that the hole does not create any “imminent danger,” according to the . But he added, “We wouldn’t be surprised if by the end of this wet season much of the lower portion of the spillway has been eroded away.”
The sheriff's department says 27,000 cubic feet per second of water is currently being released over the spillway. Efforts are being made to release the needed amount of water to avoid use of the Emergency Spillway. It is expected for more erosion to occur on the spillway due to the water release.
Amid a soaking of rain, state engineers on Thursday cautiously released water from Lake Oroville's damaged spillway as the reservoir level climbed toward 100 percent for the first time since it was built.
Despite Efforts being made to release the needed amount of water to avoid use of the Emergency Spillway, water is coming in three times as fast as it can be released. Much of that water appeared to be passing through the gash in the structure and pouring over the surrounding hillside causing even more erosion.
Social media posts Thursday afternoon showed damage that appeared to stretch the width of the spillway. The latest from the crumbling : Water coming in faster than it's going out, so high releases continue.
THE BOTTOM LINE: I also live below a dam, but unlike the nearly 1000 foot high dam at Oroville, the one above me is small, and in checking with the engineers even if it failed, the rushing wall of water would completely clear my home and travel down the canyon. But the town of Oroville wouldn’t be so lucky. If the Oroville Dam failed Most of Oroville would be history.
I think if I lived in Oroville I would suddenly feel the urge to go on vacation…what do you think?
Thanks for listening my friend! Now go do the right thing and fight for freedom.
- de Andréa
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