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      02-13-2017 10:54 AM #1
      Anyone following this? Dam is about to let go, they evacuated almost 200,000 people...

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      02-13-2017 10:56 AM #2
      Less alarmist article

      Saturday marked the first time the emergency spillway has been used in the dam's 48-year history. Normally the dam would use its concrete-lined spillway to discharge water, but that primary channel is severely damaged. However, utilizing the emergency spillway—essentially an unlined hillside—is likely to send mud and other debris into the water of rivers and channels downstream.

      The California Department of Water Resources said in a release that the "the volume of water is expected to pose no flood threat downstream, and should remain well within the capacity of Feather River and other channels to handle."

      Even so, the state agency cautioned that "the rate of flow into the ungated emergency spillway may change quickly."
      Oroville Dam, the state's second-largest reservoir, suffered damage to its primary concrete-lined spillway due to erosion. The primary spillway was designed to divert rising water out of the dam, but damage to the channel was discovered Tuesday just as major storms were approaching.

      "Oroville Dam itself remains safe, and there is no imminent threat to the public," DWR said Saturday. "DWR is coordinating closely with state and federal wildlife and dam safety officials at Oroville Dam."
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      02-13-2017 11:00 AM #3
      Damn. Looks like someone leaked the wrong info about the severe impact of this damage.
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      More like

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      02-13-2017 11:06 AM #5
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      02-13-2017 11:15 AM #6
      It's true. Ideal scenario for me: The dam fails, and they never evacuated anybody.

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      02-13-2017 11:16 AM #7
      So is the DAM at risk of failing.... or just the Spillway? I think it would be an incredible sight to see a dam collapse. I really hope those people pack up and get out while there's time.

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      02-13-2017 11:22 AM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by XClayX View Post
      So is the DAM at risk of failing.... or just the Spillway? I think it would be an incredible sight to see a dam collapse. I really hope those people pack up and get out while there's time.
      The dam is at no risk to fail.

      The spillway has damage so the auxiliary spillway is being used. This is literally just a hillside with mud and other debris flowing downhill.
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      02-13-2017 11:25 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by GoHomePossum View Post
      Dam is about to let go
      No

      Quote Originally Posted by XClayX View Post
      So is the DAM at risk of failing
      Not at all.

      Quote Originally Posted by XClayX View Post
      just the Spillway?
      Definitely. They're releasing water at a greater rate than it's coming in to lower the level below the spillway, but if the spillway gave way before the water is lowered, it'll be a disaster. Also, the rain forecast is a major concern because it may result in incoming water rates greater than they can release without the (damaged) emergency spillway.

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      02-13-2017 11:45 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by coderedcomputing View Post
      Damn. Looks like someone leaked the wrong info about the severe impact of this damage.
      I'm sure CNBC was flooded with questions.
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      02-13-2017 11:55 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by 2.0T_Convert View Post
      The dam is at no risk to fail.

      The spillway has damage so the auxiliary spillway is being used. This is literally just a hillside with mud and other debris flowing downhill.
      Well, no, since it's the emergency spillway that's now failing. Sounds like they're draining the lake and reducing the water level to fix both the regular and emergency spillway.



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      02-13-2017 12:10 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by 2.DOH. View Post
      I'm sure CNBC was flooded with questions.
      It could be a political disaster unless the flood waters secede.

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      02-13-2017 12:17 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by vwtool View Post
      It could be a political disaster unless the flood waters secede.
      Don't think I don't see what you're doing, letting the politics thread spill into this thread.
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      02-13-2017 12:34 PM #15
      the concern is that the unlined nature of the emergency spillway could cause erosion of the hillside. if the emergency spillway degrades or fails due to the soil below it being eroded, you could see that side of the lake heading downhill pretty fast.

      the emergency spill way is probably 20-30 feet tall, so if that fails, water levels in the lake would get 20-30 feet lower awful quick!
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      02-13-2017 12:34 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by GoHomePossum View Post
      Don't think I don't see what you're doing, letting the politics thread spill into this thread.
      Once the reservoir fails, all those drips have to flow somewhere.

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      02-13-2017 12:46 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by vwtool View Post
      Once the reservoir fails, all those drips have to flow somewhere.
      Before it comes to that, someone will need to put their finger in that dike.
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      02-13-2017 12:58 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by 2.DOH. View Post
      Before it comes to that, someone will need to put their finger in that dike.
      You can't just grab the dike, though, because it could collapse in a quivering mass and make a big mess with its flow.

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      Quote Originally Posted by 2.DOH. View Post
      Before it comes to that, someone will need to put their finger in that dike.
      I see what you did there!

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      02-13-2017 12:58 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by 2.DOH. View Post
      Before it comes to that, someone will need to put their finger in that dike.
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      02-13-2017 01:04 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by VadGTI View Post
      Well, no, since it's the emergency spillway that's now failing. Sounds like they're draining the lake and reducing the water level to fix both the regular and emergency spillway.
      The regional agencies claim existing water channels can handle over-flow so the whole catastrophic cry is inflated. Hardest hit 'communities' will be animal habitats ruined by mud & debris.
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      02-13-2017 01:06 PM #22
      The worst part is they knew the spillway was damaged 4 years ago.

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      02-13-2017 01:09 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by 2.0T_Convert View Post
      The regional agencies claim existing water channels can handle over-flow so the whole catastrophic cry is inflated. Hardest hit 'communities' will be animal habitats ruined by mud & debris.
      they can today but lots more water is on the way.



      and then beyond that the melting sierra snowpack should feed into this lake. they are way ahead of the wettest year on record and that rain above will be snow in the hills. when that all gets melting a potion is going to come right down into the lake.
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      02-13-2017 01:15 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by jnm2.0t View Post
      ...when that all gets melting a potion is going to come right down into the lake.
      So you're saying witchcraft?

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      02-13-2017 01:27 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by jnm2.0t View Post
      they can today but lots more water is on the way.

      and then beyond that the melting sierra snowpack should feed into this lake. they are way ahead of the wettest year on record and that rain above will be snow in the hills. when that all gets melting a potion is going to come right down into the lake.
      So... does this mean you will officially stop complaining about water problems and avocado farmers
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