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    Default BREAKING: Threat of Oroville spillway collapse prompts evacuation of Marysville, Yuba

    BREAKING: Threat of Oroville spillway collapse prompts evacuation of Marysville, Yuba, Butte and Sutter counties

    Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/cal...#storylink=cpy


    A nightmare traffic jam developed as thousands of residents fled from Marysville Sunday night Tony Bizjak - tbizjak@sacbee.com

    By Ryan Sabalow and Sam Stanton

    rsabalow@sacbee.com

    Chico evacuation center is full; additional shelter open at Neighborhood Church

    Butte County announced at 7:40 p.m. that the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds evacuation center is full. Another shelter is available at the Neighborhood Church in Chico, 2801 Notre Dame Blvd.

    Sacramento hotels filling with evacuees

    Evacuees are reserving hotel rooms along Hwy. 99 and Interstate 5 in Sacramento near the airport. The Homewood Suites by Hilton started getting calls around 6 p.m., said Front Desk Agent Gao Hang. Twenty reservations were made within the hour in back-to-back phone calls.

    "They didn't care about the price at all because they just need a place to go," she said. "It's not just us."

    Two neighboring hotels are filling up as well, she said. The Homewood Suites is about 75 percent reserved so far.

    Lake levels down, but risk remains

    7:15 p.m.

    Oroville Lake depths are decreasing rapidly as officials release a huge amount of water from its main spillway.


    Lake levels have fallen about one-half a foot in the last two hours and stand at 901.35 feet, about four-tenths of a foot above the level where water flows through the emergency spillway, state figures show.

    At that pace, water should stop spilling over the emergency spillway within several hours, giving officials a chance to more fully assess erosion.

    Falling depths do not mean the areas below the dam are safe. The emergency spillway is essentially part of the dam and the concern is that it will fail, something that could happen even if water stops flowing over its top.

    Oroville dam emergency spillway


    Oroville Dam inundation area
    The Sacramento Bee

    Evacuations are widespread

    More than 160,000 people in evacuation area

    More than 162,000 residents in Butte, Sutter and Yuba counties were affected by Sunday night’s evacuation orders, census figures show.

    Butte sheriff: Situation improving

    State Department of Water Resources told Butte County Sheriff Kony Honea shortly after 6 p.m. that “the erosion that caused all this concern was not advancing as rapidly as they thought.”

    “That’s a very good thing,” he said.

    The Department of Water Resources released a video shot by a drone over the Oroville Dam. Water is seen running over the emergency spillway as well as the main spillway.
    Department of Water Resources
    There is a plan currently in place which would hopefully plug that hole, Honea said, including using helicopters dropping bags of rock into the crevasse to prevent any further erosion.

    He said two inches of water is still coming over the dam, which “is significantly down” from earlier flows.

    “That has helped reduce the level of the lake,” he said. “It’s hopefully going to reduce the pressure on that alternative, emergency spillway and stabilize the situation so we can find a repair and hopefully prevent it from complete failure.”

    Meanwhile, officials say they’ve mobilized swift-water rescue teams to be ready should they need to rescue people in floodwaters below the dam.

    Horse boarding, RV space offered

    Sacramento businessman and former congressman Doug Ose is offering to help board horses for people affected by the evacuation.

    “Gibson Ranch in northern Sacto County can accommodate 25 horses and RVs/campers/tents 916-806-3110,” Ose tweeted.

    Residents scared

    Some evacuees in Marysville say their mood is bordering on panic.

    Erin English of Linda said she got a robo-call a few minutes ago telling her to evacuate and get to higher ground.

    She immediately called 911 and dispatchers there at first told her to go to Chico, then changed their mind saying that she might not make it there before water came through.

    Instead they told her to go to the Colusa Casino.

    She was getting gas in South Marysville with her husband and two children and her dogs. They didn't have time, she said, to grab anything from their home.

    "I'm scared to death. I've never been through anything like this before," she said. "I pray for the safety of everybody here."

    Kevin Carroll of Marysville said he’s dubious about the evacuation order, but he is obeying.

    He lives on the banks of the Feather River and says the river is not high and could handle a lot more water.

    Nevertheless he said the evacuation order is mandatory so he and his wife are gathering up some clothes and the dogs and heading out.

    "My wife said go," he said. "The river is right on our back door."

    He doesn't expect Marysville to flood though.

    "I'm not saying it won't," he said. "There's a lot of room in that river right now.

    "It can save lives or be a waste of time,” he said. “I hope for the best for the evacuees. Be safe

    Concerned citizens in Marysville, California are not waiting around to see what happens with the Oroville Dam spillway, but are gathering their families within minutes, loading up the car and flooding local gas stations as the prepare to leave town.
    Tony Bizjak - The Sacramento Bee
    Expert says spillway failure could be catastrophic

    6:26 p.m.

    Nicholas Sitar, the Edward G. Cahill and John R. Cahill Professor of Civil Engineering at UC Berkeley, said losing 30 feet from the top of the emergency spillway could be catastrophic.

    "You look at 30 feet times the area of the reservoir," he said. "That is how much water is going to come out. That is a huge volume of water."

    He said the Department of Water Resources is "dumping as much water as the river could handle."

    He said, "All that you do is watch it – whatever expert you talk to, all you can do is hope for the best."

    Evacuation expands

    6:15 p.m.

    Caltrans tweeted that the evacuation for Yuba, Sutter and Butte counties includes Hallwood, Marysville, Olivehurst/Linda, Plumas Lake, Gridley, Live Oak and Yuba City due to potential failure of Oroville Dam spillway.

    Oroville and other area residents streaming out of town have created a large traffic jam at Highway 99 and Bogue Road, where many are fueling their vehicles and heading for safety.

    Jessica Robertson, 28, a Yuba City resident, was among the throngs Sunday night filling her gas tank after receiving the word to get out.

    “I’m fine, but I’m a little irritated with the traffic,” she said. “I hope everyone stays safe. They’re saying everything’s going to be fine, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.”

    Michelle Grandinetti and her family quickly left their home off Oroville Quincy Highway and tried to get on Hwy. 70 to head for a family member’s home in Elk Grove. Grandinetti described a slow-going, frantic scene.

    “We took enough clothes for three days, our children, seven total that are still with us, our two dogs and food for them!,” Grandinetti wrote in a Facebook message to The Bee. “We just moved here a few months ago and haven't ever had to deal with this! Everyone is leaving! All the stores are closed! Just got on the freeway and the river is only feet away!”

    Effect on Sacramento?

    Sacramento emergency officials are monitoring impact of Oroville Dam emergency

    Sacramento County emergency services officials say they are assessing what, if any, impact the Oroville Dam situation may have on Sacamento.

    “We are aware of the situation in Oroville and will continue to monitor for any impacts it may have on Sacramento County,” authorities said in a tweet.

    The worst case scenario

    There is no map showing exactly what will happen if the emergency spillway collapses tonight. Officials only have a map showing a failure of the dam. That worst case scenario is useful in that it shows where water goes and how fast it gets there.

    Water would get to the town of Oroville within an hour.

    If Oroville Dam were to suffer a massive breach, water would get to the town of Oroville within an hour, according to GIS maps maintained by CalFire.

    Within two hours, the small town of Briggs would be affected. In three hours, Gridley would be hit. Water would reach Live Oak in five hours..

    It would take eight to 12 hours for the water to get to Marysville and Yuba City.

    If the dam completely failed, flood depths could reach more than 100 feet in Oroville and up to 10 feet in Yuba City.

    The CalFire maps represent a catastrophic breach and are not necessarily indicative of what could happen tonight.



    Oroville dam inundation area


    Oroville Dam inundation area
    Speed of flooding
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    Source: CalFire

    The Sacramento Bee

    Heavy traffic amid evacuation

    5:59 p.m.

    Aerial photos show traffic backed up along Highway 70 as people from Oroville try to escape to the north.

    Flows boosted to try to avoid collapse

    5:52 p.m.

    Releases through the main spillway at Oroville Dam have been boosted to 100,000 cubic feet per second from 55,000 cfs in hopes of easing pressure on the emergency spillway before a failure occurs, officials said Sunday night.

    Kevin Dossey, a Department of Water Resources engineer and spokesman said “it might help” to alleviate the pressure.

    So far, Dossey said, the emergency spillway’s concrete lip at the top has not crumbled, although the hillside had “eroded to within several feet” of the big concrete structure.

    Marysville and Yuba County ordered evacuated; officials unsure how Sacramento could be hit

    Marysville, Yuba County ordered to evacuate

    5:42 p.m.

    Marysville police say the city and Yuba County are under mandatory evacuation orders because of the feared collapse of the emergency spillway at Lake Oroville Dam. Yolo County officials said in a tweet that they do not expect any impact.

    Witnesses reported a heavy police presence in the city.

    “The hazardous situation concerning the Oroville Dam auxiliary spillway is NOT expected to impact Yolo County,” the county said.

    Cal OES spokesman Brad Alexander said officials were activating the state emergency operations center and could not immediately address how waterlogged Sacramento County might be affected.

    “I can’t answer that right now,” Alexander said.

    ‘It’s uncontrolled’

    5:30 p.m.

    Fearing a gush from Lake Oroville if the emergency spillway collapses, officials are releasing as much as 100,000 cubic feet per second from the main, heavily damaged spillway in a frantic effort to drain the lake below where it spills out the emergency structure when the lake reaches maximum capacity, said Kevin Dossey, an engineer and Department of Water Resources spokesman.

    The levee-line downstream channels in the Feather River could hold more than 150,000 cubic feet per second, said Maury Roos, a DWR hydrologist, but he said there’s a possibility that a levee could breach from the pressure.

    Roos said that below where the Feather River merges with the Yuba River, levees are rated for a capacity of around 300,000 cfs.

    When asked how much water could be released should the spillway collapse, DWR spokesman Chris Orrock said, “It’s uncontrolled. It’s uncontrolled.”

    Dossey said the emergency spillway was rated to handle 250,000 cubic feet per second, but it began to show weakness Sunday at a small fraction of that. Flows through the spillway peaked at 12,600 cfs at 1 a.m. Sunday and were down to 8,000 cfs by midday.

    Evacuation center at Silver Dollar Fairgrounds

    5:15 p.m.

    An evacuation center has been established for Oroville residents at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico, according to the National Weather Service. The address is 2357 Fair St.

    An evacuation order prompted by the erosion of the emergency spillway at Oroville Dam produced lines of vehicles on Bogue Road at Highway 99, coming out of Yuba City.
    Andy Furillo - The Sacramento Bee
    Butte County sheriff: “This is NOT A Drill.”

    5 p.m.

    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 Oroville and areas downstream is ordered.

    This in NOT A Drill. This in NOT A Drill. This in NOT A Drill.

    Chris Orrock, a spokesman for the Department of Water Resources, told The Bee the failure happened as the bottom of the emergency spillway began to erode.

    “It happened quickly,” he said.

    Sutter County also put out an alert on Facebook:

    We have received information about the potential for increased flows in the Feather River of as much as 100,000 cubic feet per second. We are gathering as much information as possible and will be providing additional information as soon as it is verified.

    Workers take to air to prep electrical towers near Oroville Dam as emergency spillway is activated

    Water continues to rush down Oroville spillway on Friday
    Neighbors in Elmhurst neighborhood oppose real estate agent's plan to turn home into commercial office

    Streams of cars seen fleeing Oroville area

    Sacramento Bee writer Dale Kasler seems to be the only car racing toward Oroville, as streams of cars are seen fleeing the Oroville area.
    Dale Kasler - The Sacramento Bee
    Officials warn of “imminent failure” at Oroville Dam’s emergency spillway

    4:45 p.m.

    Officials are warning those living downstream of Lake Oroville’s dam to evacuate because of a risk that the dam’s emergency spillway could collapse.

    “They have what they expect to be an imminent failure of the axillary spillway,” said Mike Smith, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “What they’re expecting is as much as 30 vertical feet of the top of the spillway could fail and could fail within one to two hours. We don’t know how much water that means, but we do know that’s potentially 30 feet of depth of Lake Oroville.”

    The Department of Water Resources, which operates the dam, said in a 4:42 p.m. Twitter post that the emergency spillway could fail within the next hour.

    http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/cal...132332499.html



    Emergency: California’s Oroville Dam Spillway Near Failure, Evacuations Ordered



    William Croyle / CA DWP / Associated Press

    by Joel B. Pollak12 Feb 2017111
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    The California Department of Water Resources issued a sudden evacuation order shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday for residents near the Oroville Dam in northern California, warning that the dam’s emergency spillway would fail in the next 60 minutes.

    The Oroville Dam is the highest in the nation.

    An emergency alert issued on Facebook stated:
    EMERGENCY EVACUATION ORDER ISSUED: Officials are anticipating a failure of the Auxiliary Spillway at Oroville Dam within the next 60 minutes. Residents of Oroville should evacuate in a northward direction, toward Chico. Other cities should follow the orders of their local law enforcement.
    The emergency spillway, which is unpaved, was activated on Saturday morning to relieve the flow down the dam’s normal spillway, where a major hole appeared in recent days and began to widen. The height of the lake, once drained by drought and now swollen by recent rains and snow melt, had reached 901 feet above sea level when the emergency spillway was opened.

    As Breitbart News reported in continuing coverage of the crisis, officials initially assured the public that evacuations would not be necessary, because the damage to the normal spillway appeared limited. They repeated those assurances on Saturday as the emergency spillway was used for the first time since the dam’s construction in 1968.

    Now, however, local ABC News affiliate KRCR reports that state officials warn the emergency spillway could suffer a structural failure. It is not clear whether that would lead to a structural failure of the dam itself, which would be a major ecological and economic disaster.

    The Sacramento Bee quoted California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesperson Mike Smith: “What they’re expecting is as much as 30 vertical feet of the top of the spillway could fail and could fail within one to two hours. We don’t know how much water that means, but we do know that’s potentially 30 feet of depth of Lake Oroville.”

    The Feather River flows south into the Sacramento River. Flooding could potentially affect the Sacramento River and surrounding areas.

    Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He was named one of the “most influential” people in news media in 2016. His new book, How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

    http://www.breitbart.com/california/...pillway-fails/


    Thousands Are Evacuating After California's Oroville Dam Spillway Predicted To Fail "In Minutes" - Live Feed

    by Tyler Durden
    Feb 12, 2017 8:48 PM

    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, after torrential rains led to the overflow of Lake Oroville in Northern California for first time in 48-year history, leading to what is said to be an imminent failure of the dam's spillway, which according to officials could threaten the dam structure.

    Officials said 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.



    According to Fox 40, officials are anticipating an imminent failure of the auxiliary spillway at Oroville Dam. "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.



    According to a posting by the CDWR, residents should evacuate in a northward
    direction, toward Chico. The flash flood warning is in effect until 4:15p.m. Monday.

    According to Fox 40, failure would result in an uncontrolled release of flood waters from Lake Oroville. The DWR is increasing water released to 100,000 cubic feet per second. Furthermore, use of the auxiliary spillway has lead to severe erosion that could lead to a failure of the structure, causing unprecedented flooding and damage.


    Water flows over the emergency spillway at Lake Oroville

    Immediate evacuation from the low levels of Oroville and areas downstream have been ordered.

    The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for possible dam failure.

    Areas affected include Oroville, Palermo, Gridley, Thermalito, South Oroville, Oroville Dam, Oroville East and Wyandotte. An evacuation center for residents has been set up at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds at 2357 Fair Street in Chico.

    As the following choppercam photo shows, thousands of people are scrambling to evacuate the downstream areas.


    The full press release is below:

    Press Release: Oroville, Calif. – The relatively light flow of water that began washing into Lake Oroville’s auxiliary spillway Saturday morning is expected to continue flowing for the next few days. Total releases from the reservoir do not threaten the dam or downstream communities and fall well within the capacity of the Feather River and other downstream channels.

    Hampered by serious erosion that opened starting Tuesday on the lower portion of the dam’s main spillway, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) prepared for Lake Oroville to rise to its highest level ever.

    The lake exceeded the elevation of 901 feet above sea level shortly after 8 a.m. today, at which point water slowly began to flow over the concrete weir of the auxiliary spillway, down a hillside, and into the Feather River. The auxiliary spillway is operating as intended.

    “The flows we’re seeing are extremely low compared to the design of the structure,” said DWR Acting Director William Croyle. “Based on our current situation, there is no threat.” Flows of between 6,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) and 12,000 cfs are expected to flow into the auxiliary spillway for 32 to 58 hours, based on the latest modeling of weather, reservoir inflow and other factors. Those flows will stop once discharge from the lake exceeds inflow.

    Flows into the auxiliary spillway are far less than the volume of water washing into the lake from the Feather River watershed. That’s because the 16,000-acre surface of the lake acts as a buffer, spreading and attenuating inflow. In order to help manage reservoir levels, DWR operators also are discharging 55,000 cfs from the damaged concrete spillway and expect to continue to do so. Upward erosion on this closely monitored, gated spillway has slowed considerably.

    DWR focused Saturday on ways to get the Hyatt Power Plant at Oroville Dam back in operation, because 14,000 cfs can be discharged from the plant when it is operating, which would help with reservoir management. Power generation was halted when the water levels in the channel that leads from the power plant became high enough to compromise operation.

    Water levels rose when debris from the eroded concrete spillway piled up in the channel below. The same erosion also threatens the towers that hold the power lines that take electricity from the power plant to the electrical grid; such a connection is needed for the power plant to operate. DWR, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, and other partners are working to safeguard the hydroelectric facility and power lines.

    Readers can keep track of live updates at the following link. A live feed of the situation in Oroville is available after the jump below courtesy of KCRA.



    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-0...d-fail-minutes



    Trump Is Suddenly Recognized As The President In CALIFORNIA As Liberal State BEGS For His Help

    Ryan Saavedra Feb 12th, 2017 1:52 pm 344 Comments


    California Asks For Trump’s Help After Repeated Attacks


    After repeatedly attacking and criticizing President Trump, the State of California is officially asking for his help as they have run short of resources in wake of severe weather that has caused significant damage in the state.

    From Fox40:

    Gov. Jerry Brown has asked President Trump to declare a major disaster for California because of damage from January storms.
    The letter sent Friday says the relentless series of storms caused flooding, mudslides, evacuations, erosion, power outages and at least eight deaths. Northern California was hardest hit.

    Brown says the storm system was so severe and widespread that state and local governments need federal assistance to continue dealing with the problems it created.
    Governor Brown has made his disgust for President Trump known in the past as Breitbart reports that back in March of 2016 Governor Brown said “If Trump were ever elected, we’d have to build a wall around California to defend ourselves from the rest of this country,” which Brown later said was “a joke.”

    In addition to snarky comments made from Brown, add in the hateful rhetoric of Maxine Waters who is calling from Trump’s impeachment because in her words, “This is the most outrageous and ridiculous President that this country has ever had.” That statement pretty much embodies how most of the politicians in California feel about President Trump.

    Also consider Calexit. There is a growing movement in California to leave the rest of the United States since the state has become so liberal that it doesn’t come even close to where most states are at politically.

    Then throw in the ruling of the Ninth Circuit Court (located in CA) this last week which blocked Trump’s Travel Ban and put the country at risk and now President Trump has a decision to make.

    President Trump will almost certainly provide aide if it is needed in the state as it is the right thing to do but Californians should be careful about viciously attacking the President and then turning around and asking for a handout.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017...ate-begs-help/


    California Governor Jerry Brown Asks President Trump for Help



    Michel Euler / Associated Press

    by AWR Hawkins12 Feb 2017238

    On Friday, California Governor Jerry Brown sought federal help from President Trump by asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to declare “a major disaster” in California in light of the damage done by recent storms.

    The East Bay Times reports: “Brown formally requested the declaration for the series of storms striking the state between Jan. 3 and Jan. 12.” He noted that “heavy rains, winds and snow, particularly in Northern California, left eight people dead and knocked out power to an estimated 1 million Californian homes and businesses.”

    Brown’s request comes as Gov. Brown has challenged the Trump administration on climate change, immigration, Obamacare, and other issues.

    Other Democrat officials in California have been open about their refusal to comply with Trump administration orders regarding illegal immigration. San Francisco’s police chief, sheriff, and mayor all made clear they would not enforce Trump’s immigration order, long before the order was taken to court. The San Francisco Police Department went so far as to cut ties with an FBI counter-terrorism task force in order to prevent officers from being involved in action that targeted illegals.

    And California’s highest law enforcement agent, Attorney General Xavier Becerra, has been very open about his determination to fight Trump’s policies as part of the larger effort to retain sanctuary policies that harbor illegal aliens in the state.

    But Gov. Brown would like some federal funds to help out in the short term, so he is asking the Trump administration for help.

    Notably, Gov. Brown also used his “State of the State” address earlier this year to welcome Trump’s commitment to infrastructure spending.
    AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com.

    http://www.breitbart.com/california/...nt-trump-help/


    Nikita Khrushchev: "We will bury you"
    "Your grandchildren will live under communism."
    “You Americans are so gullible.
    No, you won’t accept communism outright, but we’ll keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you’ll finally wake up and find you already have communism.
    We won’t have to fight you."
    We’ll so weaken your economy until you’ll fall like overripe fruit into our hands."




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    Oroville Dam Imminent Failure (LIVE STREAM) MASSIVE 200 ft WALL OF WATER!

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    The Oroville Dam in California finds itself in a situation with the only way to avert an over top of the dam is using an untested emergency spill way built in the 1960's as the regular spillway was damaged by a sinkhole and has stopped drainage of the lake. Evacuations are not issued yet, but with more rain on the way this dam will over top into the emergency earth 1960's drain way. Good Luck to all of you. You may need to evacuate, Please prepare in Advance.

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    Oroville Dam: Feds and state officials ignored warnings 12 years ago


    By Paul Rogers | progers@bayareanewsgroup.com |
    PUBLISHED: February 12, 2017 at 9:37 pm | UPDATED: February 13, 2017 at 7:14 am

    More than a decade ago, federal and state officials and some of California’s largest water agencies rejected concerns that the massive earthen spillway at Oroville Dam — at risk of collapse Sunday night and prompting the evacuation of 185,000 people — could erode during heavy winter rains and cause a catastrophe.

    Three environmental groups — the Friends of the River, the Sierra Club and the South Yuba Citizens League — filed a motion with the federal government on Oct. 17, 2005, as part of Oroville Dam’s relicensing process, urging federal officials to require that the dam’s emergency spillway be armored with concrete, rather than remain as an earthen hillside.

    The groups filed the motion with FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. They said that the dam, built and owned by the state of California, and finished in 1968, did not meet modern safety standards because in the event of extreme rain and flooding, fast-rising water would overwhelm the main concrete spillway, then flow down the emergency spillway, and that could cause heavy erosion that would create flooding for communities downstream, but also could cause a failure, known as “loss of crest control.”

    “A loss of crest control could not only cause additional damage to project lands and facilities but also cause damages and threaten lives in the protected floodplain downstream,” the groups wrote.

    FERC rejected that request, however, after the state Department of Water Resources, and the water agencies that would likely have had to pay the bill for the upgrades, said they were unnecessary. Those agencies included the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which provides water to 19 million people in Los Angeles, San Diego and other areas, along with the State Water Contractors, an association of 27 agencies that buy water from the state of California through the State Water Project. The association includes the Metropolitan Water District, Kern County Water Agency, the Santa Clara Valley Water District and the Alameda County Water District.

    Federal officials at the time said that the emergency spillway was designed to handle 350,000 cubic feet per second and the concerns were overblown.

    “It is important to recognize that during a rare event with the emergency spillway flowing at its design capacity, spillway operations would not affect reservoir control or endanger the dam,” wrote John Onderdonk, a senior civil engineer with FERC, in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s San Francisco Office, in a July 27, 2006, memo to his managers.

    “The emergency spillway meets FERC’s engineering guidelines for an emergency spillway,” he added. “The guidelines specify that during a rare flood event, it is acceptable for the emergency spillway to sustain significant damage.”

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    This weekend, as Lake Oroville’s level rose to the top and water couldn’t be drained fast enough down the main concrete spillway because it had partially collapsed on Tuesday, millions of gallons of water began flowing over the dam’s emergency spillway for the first time in its 50-year history.

    On Sunday, with flows of only 6,000 to 12,000 cubic feet per second — water only a foot or two deep and less than 5 percent of the rate that FERC said was safe — erosion at the emergency spillway became so severe that officials from the State Department of Water Resources ordered the evacuation of more than 185,000 people. The fear was that the erosion could undercut the 1,730-foot-long concrete lip along the top of the emergency spillway, allowing billions of gallons of water to pour down the hillside toward Oroville and other towns downstream.

    Such an uncontrolled release from California’s second-largest reservoir while it was completely full could become one of the worst dam disasters in U.S. history.

    “We said ‘are you really sure that running all this water over the emergency spillway won’t cause the spillway to fail?'” said Ron Stork, policy director with Friends of the River, a Sacramento environmental group that filed the motions in 2005. “They tried to be as evasive as possible. It would have cost money to build a proper concrete spillway.”

    Stork watched with horror Sunday night as the emergency spillway was at risk of collapse.

    “I’m feeling bad that we were unable to persuade DWR and FERC and the Army Corps to have a safer dam,” he said Sunday.

    Stork said that officials from the Department of Water Resources told him informally at the time that the Metropolitan Water District and the water contractors who buy water from Oroville did not want to incur the extra costs.

    “I’m sad and hoping, crossing my fingers, that they can prevent the reservoir from failing,” he said. “I don’t think anybody at DWR has ever been this close in their careers to such a catastrophic failure.”

    Lester Snow, who was the state Department of Water Resources director from 2004 to 2010, said Sunday night that he does not recall the specifics of the debate during the relicensing process 11 years ago.

    “The dam and the outlet structures have always done well in tests and inspections,” Snow said. “I don’t recall the FERC process.”

    Stork said at the time he talked to Snow about the environmental group’s concerns, and he recalls that Snow said the issue was being handled mostly by one of his lieutenants.

    A filing on May 26, 2006, by Thomas Berliner, an attorney for the State Water Contractors, and Douglas Adamson, an attorney for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, discounted the risk. It urged FERC to reject the request to require that the emergency spillway be armored, a job that would have cost tens, if not hundreds, of millions of dollars.

    “The emergency spillway was designed to safely convey the Probable Maximum Flood, and DWR has reviewed and confirmed the efficacy of the PMF hydrologic analysis for Oroville Reservoir,” the attorneys noted.

    Ultimately, they were successful. FERC did not require the state to upgrade the emergency spillway.

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    California’s Leftist Govt is to blame for the emergency spillway failure – design flaw known issue for over 12 years

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    National Guard To Assist With Dam Repair




    California Highway Patrol officer Ken Weckman directs traffic as residents evacuate Marysville, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. Thousands of residents of Marysville and other Northern California communities were told to leave their homes Sunday evening as an emergency spillway of the Oroville Dam could fail at any time unleashing flood waters from Lake Oroville, according to officials from the California Department of Water Resources. (Paul Kitagaki Jr./The Sacramento Bee via AP)

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS |
    PUBLISHED: February 12, 2017 at 7:01 pm | UPDATED: February 13, 2017 at 12:09 am

    OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on problems with an emergency spillway at the nation’s tallest dam (all times local):
    11:50 p.m.

    A California National Guard official says they will provide eight helicopters to assist with emergency spillway reconstruction at the nation’s tallest dam located about 150 miles northeast of San Francisco.

    Adjunct General David S. Baldwin said at a news conference late Sunday that the helicopters will also be available for search and rescue Monday near the Oroville Dam.

    He added that the California National Guard put out a notification to all 23,000 soldiers and airmen to be ready to deploy if needed.

    Baldwin says the last time an alert like Sunday’s was issued for the entire California National Guard was the 1992 riots.

    Evacuations for at least 188,000 people were ordered after officials warned the emergency spillway was in danger of failing and unleashing uncontrolled flood waters on towns below.
    ___

    11:30 p.m.


    Gov. Jerry Brown has issued an emergency order to fortify authorities’ response to the emergency at a Northern California dam and help with evacuations.

    The Oroville Dam, which located about 150 miles northeast of San Francisco, has erosion on its emergency spillway and evacuation orders were given to 188,000 people south of the dam in case the spillway failed.

    Brown said late Sunday the state is directing all necessary personnel and resources to deal with a “complex and rapidly changing” situation.

    His office says the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services is coordinating with local and federal emergency response officials.
    ___
    11:15 p.m.
    A Northern California sheriff says evacuation orders affecting 188,000 people will stand until there is more information on the condition of the nation’s tallest dam’s emergency spillway.

    Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says there are a lot of unknowns about the situation at the Oroville Dam, which located about 150 miles northeast of San Francisco.

    He spoke at a news conference late Sunday and said a lot of people had to be displaced to ensure public safety and that continues to be his focus.

    State Fire and Rescue Chief Kim Zagaris says at least 250 law enforcement officers from throughout the state are in the area or en route to help keep things safe for the people who evacuated.
    ___
    11 p.m.
    A California water official says no repair work was done Sunday on the eroded emergency spillway at the nation’s tallest dam.

    Lake Oroville is about 150 miles northeast of San Francisco, and the 770-foot-tall Oroville Dam is the nation’s tallest.

    Earlier Sunday, authorities mentioned a plan to plug the hole by using helicopters to drop rocks into the crevasse.

    Acting Director Department of Water Resources Bill Croyle said at a news conference late Sunday that no corrective measures were taken after looking at the flow and available resources.

    He said officials will be able to assess the damage to the emergency spillway now that the water is no longer spilling over the top.

    He added that the integrity of the dam has not impacted.
    ___
    10:30 p.m.
    A California water official says 100,000 cubic feet per second continue to flow down the Orville Dam’s main spillway.

    Department of Water Resources Acting Director Bill Croyle said at a news conference late Sunday that the plan is to continue withdrawing that amount of water for as long as possible.

    Croyle says a key goal is to reduce the dam’s level ahead of upcoming storms forecast to reach the area Wednesday.

    Water levels at Lake Orville rose so high that an emergency spillway was used Saturday for the first time in almost 50 years. Officials noticed erosion on the emergency spillway on Sunday.

    Croyle says officials have been unable to access the erosion scar but will be able to analyze the damage better now that water is below its level.

    ___

    10:15 p.m.

    Authorities say there is no more water going over the emergency spillway at a Northern California dam.

    Officials put out an evacuation order Sunday afternoon saying the spillway at Orville Dam could fail within an hour.

    At least 130,000 people in downstream areas have been asked to evacuate.
    Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said at a news conference late Sunday that the evacuation orders will stand until more information is analyzed.
    ___
    8:30 p.m.

    Traffic is gridlocked for miles around Lake Oroville as panicked and angry residents try to evacuate over concerns the Northern California dam’s emergency spillway could fail.

    Kaysi Levias and her husband, Greg, stopped at a gas station as they attempted to flee.
    Greg Levias says he’s shocked and pretty mad they didn’t get more warning.

    Officials put out an evacuation order Sunday afternoon telling around 100,000 people the emergency spillway at Orville Dam could fail within an hour.

    Raj Gill is managing a Shell station where panicky motorists got gas and snacks while they wait for gridlocked traffic to clear. He says his boss told him to close the station and flee himself, but he stayed open to feed a steady line of customers.
    ___
    8:00 p.m.
    At least 130,000 people have been asked to evacuate over concerns California’s Oroville Dam’s emergency spillway could fail.

    Officials say Oroville Lake levels are decreasing as they let water flow from its heavily damage, main spillway but point out water is still spilling over the dam.

    California officials say the cities of Oroville, Gridley, Live Oak, Marysville, Wheat land, Yuba City, Plumas Lake, and Olivehurst are all under evacuation orders.
    ___
    6:45 p.m.

    Butte County Sheriff Koney Honea says engineers with the California Department of Water Resources informed him shortly after 6 p.m. that the erosion on the emergency spillway at the Oroville Dam is not advancing as fast as they thought.

    Honea says two inches of water is still coming over the dam, but that is significantly down from earlier flows.

    Honea says there is a plan to plug the hole by using helicopters to drop rocks into the crevasse.

    He says the evacuation order went out after engineers spotted a hole that was eroding back toward the top of the spillway.

    Honea adds authorities wanted to get people moving quickly to save lives in case “the worst-case scenario came into fruition.”

    California officials say the cities of Gridley, Live Oak, Nicolaus, Yuba City and communities near Feathers River have been added to the evacuation order.

    Hundreds of cars in wall-to-wall traffic can be seen on Highway 99 as people stream out of Oroville away from the dam.
    ___
    5:45 p.m.
    Authorities in Yuba County are asking people living in the valley floor to evacuate.

    The Yuba County Office of Emergency Services says people should take routes to the east, south, or west and avoid traveling north toward Oroville.

    The California Department of Water Resources says it is releasing as much as 100,000 cubic feet per second from the main, heavily damaged spillway to try to drain the lake.

    Department of Water Resources spokesman Kevin Dossey tells the Sacramento Bee the emergency spillway was rated to handle 250,000 cubic feet per second, but it began to show weakness Sunday at a small fraction of that. Flows through the spillway peaked at 12,600 cubic feet per second at 1 a.m. Sunday and were down to 8,000 cubic feet per second by midday.
    ___
    5:15 p.m.

    Officials have ordered residents near the Oroville Dam in Northern California to evacuate the area, saying a “hazardous situation is developing” after an emergency spillway severely eroded.

    The Butte County Sheriff’s Office says the emergency spillway could fail within an hour unleashing uncontrolled flood waters from Lake Oroville.

    The department says people in downstream areas need to leave the area immediately.
    It says residents of Oroville, a town of 16,000 people, should head north toward Chico and that other cities should follow orders from their local law enforcement agencies.

    Water began flowing over the emergency spillway at the dam on Saturday after for the first time in its nearly 50-year history after heavy rainfall.
    ___
    12:44 p.m.
    Officials say water will continue to flow over an emergency spillway at the nation’s tallest dam for another day or so.

    Water began flowing over the emergency spillway at the Oroville Dam in Northern California on Saturday for the first time in its nearly 50-year history after heavy rainfall.

    California Department of Water Resources spokesman Eric See said at a Sunday press conference that skies are clear and the overflow is steadily slowing. It’s expected to stop by midday Monday.

    In addition to the emergency spillway, water also flowed through the main spillway that was significantly damaged from erosion. Officials said they’ll assess the damage starting
    Monday.

    See stressed the dam is structurally sound and there was no threat to the public.

    About 150 miles northeast of San Francisco, Lake Oroville is one of California’s largest man-made lakes

    http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/12/the-latest-officials-order-evacuation-near-california-dam/


    In Race Against Coming Storm, Workers Scramble To Plug Oroville Dam Hole Using Rocks, Sandbags

    by Tyler Durden
    Feb 13, 2017 10:31 AM

    Update: some good news - according to state officials, an early morning inspection of the battered main spillway revealed that ramping up the water releases did no additional damage to the main release point for the dam. “There’s been no additional erosion on the main spillway,” said Chris Orrock, a state Department of Water Resources spokesman. “We will continue at 100,000 (cfs).”

    Orrock added that while giant sandbags are being filled with crushed aggregate at a staging area overlooking the dam, it is still uncertain whether the aggregate will be helicoptered in to try to fix the erosion beneath the emergency spillway.



    Bags full of crushed rock sit ready to be dropped into the damaged areas of the Oroville Dam emergency spillway on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017.

    The larger rocks in the background are being crushed to fill the bags.

    * * *

    After discovering a hole in Oroville Dam's emergency spillway, officials said late Sunday that they will attempt to plug it using sandbags and rocks.
    But, as the LA Times notes, they stressed the situation remains dangerous and urged thousands of residents downstream to evacuate to higher ground. Video from television helicopters Sunday evening showed water flowing into a parking lot next to the dam, with large flows going down both the damaged main spillway and the emergency spillway.

    The rest of the article:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-13/watch-preparations-plug-oroville-dam-hole-using-rocks-and-sandbags








    Union Pacific halts train service through areas affected by Oroville Dam evacuation

    Feb. 13, 2017, 11:05 a.m.

    Union Pacific has stopped train service through cities affected by the Oroville Dam emergency.

    The railroad said it is unable to run trains and provide service between Roseville, Chico and Oroville due to the risk of flooding. Trains approaching Roseville are being rerouted.

    “We are watching the situation closely to determine if trains will need to be rerouted around the closures,” the railroad said.

    Customers in the affected area could experience shipment delays for 48 hours or more. The Oroville Dam emergency could also affect train traffic between Oregon, Washington state and Southern California, the railroad said.

    Trains were out of service between Oroville and Winnemucca, Nev., after sections of the tracks were washed out due to recent rains and flooding.

    “At Union Pacific, safety is our top priority,” the railroad said. “While we will always do everything we can to recover operations, the safety of our employees and the communities we serve will always be our primary concern.”

    http://www.latimes.com/local/califor...htmlstory.html


    Oroville Dam Emergency: This Is Who and Why They Did It

    California Chaos: Engineered by the UN Agents of Agenda 21

    The small gray circle marks the spot that bisects the Oroville spillway which runs from Oroville lake to the Feather River.

    ProblemReactionSolution

    The Governorship of Jesuit Jerry Brown and the
    2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
    continue to wreak havoc across the state.


    RAW VIDEO: Lake Oroville spillway flooding and terrain damage
    State of the Nation
    There is no other state in the Union that is so integral to the successful implementation of the UN’s Agenda 21 as California.

    The Golden State has become a test tube for social engineering (immigration crisis via illegal alien influx), geoegineering (alternating droughts and deluges via chemtrails/HAARP) and civil engineering (sabotaged infrastructure built on fault lines).

    The very timing of Jerry Brown’s term as the 39th Governor of California since 2011 holds the key to understanding so much adversity that has befallen the state.

    Governor Jerry Brown BETRAYS California Residents, Ignores Geoengineering Causes Of Historic California Drought
    As a matter of historical fact, California’s Great Drought officially began in 2011 right after Gov. Brown took office. Clearly, this and other major political developments were by quite purposeful design. The critical back story can be read at the following link:

    Was the California drought geoengineered to pass future ‘climate change’ legislation?

    As the severity of the drought increased and deepened into the middle of the decade, California was ‘predictably’ plagued by a rash of wildfires. The four corners of the state and everyplace in between saw brush fires, grass fires and forest fires come and go with such frequency that some thought a pyromaniac with a flame thrower was on the loose.

    California is in flames right now, with fires fueled by historic drought (and arson)
    As it turns out, an unusual number of these fires were either started by arson or caused by very strange circumstances. The question still remains: Who were these arsonists really working for?

    The Oroville Dam Spillway Catastrophe

    Now California quite curiously finds itself in the middle of what is perhaps it greatest manmade disaster of the year. The Oroville Dam Spillway north of Sacramento is under serious threat of collapse which would send torrents of raging water cascading through Butte County and beyond.

    This extremely serious calamity-in-the-making did not just occur due to the untimely and overwhelming forces of nature. The circumstantial evidence points directly to a combination of weather modification via geoengineering and deliberate civil engineering techniques. Really, how does such an emergency evacuation of nearly 200,000 residents in Butte County occur practically overnight, except by the agency of disaster capitalism?

    The Oroville Dam Spillway emergency has all the earmarks of the Hegelian Dialectic and its classic MO known as “Problem-Reaction-Solution”. In fact there is so much about this manufactured cataclysm that it has UN Agenda 21 written all over it. How so?
    After the proven geoengineered Great Drought occurred and the ensuing arson-triggered wildfires of 2016 took place, it stands to reason that the next step in the Jesuit playbook is to continue to move even more people off the most arable land. Nothing does that like drought and deluges, wildfires and floods, mudslides and earthquakes. The public domain is now full of circumstantial evidence which indicates that each of these can be effectively geoengineered.

    The Back Story Nobody Knows About

    The following two screenshots capture an interesting series of observations from Voat.com. The embedded links are not live so they will have to be accessed from the reference link as follows: Is the Oroville Dam disaster in California really accidental?

    For those who are uninitiated in this realm of UN Agenda 21 mischief-making, the following screenshot post provides additional context and insights regarding the staged Oroville emergency.



    Both of these posts reveal extremely curious information as to why the Army Corps of Engineers continues to build on fault lines. This construction policy is not an accident; nor simply a case of overlooking the obvious. There appears to be an intentional strategy at work — over many decades — to site some of the most critical pieces of American infrastructure directly in earthquakes zones and/or on fault lines. This not only applies to dams and reservoirs, but also to nuclear and hydroelectric power plants, as well as to other infrastructure.

    Oroville Dam Collapse: Anatomy of the Event
    __________________________________________________ ____________
    Special Note:
    It ought to be easy to understand why disasters, both manmade and natural, now regularly occur in definite patterns. First there was the unparalleled drought, then the wildfires, which are then followed by mudslides and sinkholes, dam breaches and spillway collapses. Because the geoengineers now control the weather with extraordinary technologies such as chemical geoengineering (chemtrails) and satellite-based HAARP, they can fabricate virtually any scenario they are ordered to by the masters. And so they do, especially throughout the once great state of California. Because what happens in California is used as a model (or as an example) for the rest of the USA, the nation can expect many other apocalyptic events there which will then be used to soften other vulnerable states lest they not cooperate with the ongoing UN Agenda 21 program.
    __________________________________________________ ____________

    Is the California economy being sabotaged?

    The California agricultural economy is the largest in the nation. The state provides a highly disproportionate amount of food for the other 49 states. The farming industry of Kalifornia has undergone so many profound assaults since 2010 that the following inquiry must now be made.

    Oroville Dam sabotage aimed at destroying Californian economy?

    Selling off so much real estate and arable land to Chinese investors must be looked at in view of so much statewide disaster capitalism. Many of these massive sales have only taken place in the wake of various catastrophic events, which have served to precipitously reduce the respective costs of the involved land, real estate and other assets.

    Hence, the question must be asked: Is the Oroville staged dam collapse (whether it actually occurs or not) just another attempt to destroy the California land-based economy? If so, how do these various machinations fit into the execution of Agenda 21 as well as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    Conclusion

    Governor Jerry Brown must be impeached or recalled if the state is to experience any respite from these relentless manmade disasters and natural catastrophes. Yes, his highly misguided governance has invited these calamities to Kalifornia; about that there can be no doubt. However, it is the people who continue to support him who must wake up before it’s too late. Many appear to be sufficiently awake to have taken the following necessary initiative:

    CA Governor Jerry Brown Being Recalled By Furious Grassroots Movement
    State of the Nation
    February 13, 2017

    http://themillenniumreport.com/2017/...me/#more-43155





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    Oroville Dam, A Failure to Communicate
    Published on February 13, 2017

    Scott Cahill

    Construction Expert,Writer,Speech Writer,Public Speaker,Expert Witness,Sailor,Pilot,Political Blogger

    A couple of days ago, I went out on a limb and said what I thought about the probability of cutback erosion of the spillways of the Oroville Dam. Oroville is an earthen embankment dam. It is a very large dam, the tallest in the US.

    I noted the vents porting water on actuation of the spillway, and assumed that the plate slab failure would soon occur. The erosion is still occurring. The areas below the dam have been evacuated. The situation is tenuous, at best.

    Many officials, during the evolution of the failure of the spillway, came forward to assure the public that all was well. All was not well, and all is not well. All shall not be well for a long while with this dam. Why can men not simply be truthful to other men? When did some fool decide that we must placate the American public, hiding any bad thing from them as if they were children?

    I am a believer in men. I believe the people can handle hard truths. I also believe that people in jeopardy, deserve to be told honest truth. These “officials” have and had no right to placate. Each of us has the right and the responsibility to protect our family and ourselves as we feel best. We cannot do so if we are mislead.

    Anyone involved in the safety of dams knows that the cutback of the primary spillway is a serious issue. Anyone in Dam Safety knows that the actuation of an emergency spillway that has never been used in the life of a dam is a big thing. This, of course means that water elevations are above any that have existed previously. Anyone in Dam Safety knows that an emergency spillway is not the same as a forest. An emergency spillway should be a grassed, even slope. No woody vegetation should be in the spillway. Part of the emergency spillway was cleared only days before it had to be used, leaving the worst possible surface to receive flow, loose soil. That is simply ridiculous.

    Now the primary spillway is failing, due to a lack of proper inspection and maintenance, perhaps more, and the emergency spillway is also in a failure mode. There are only two spillways to relieve the reservoir of water. Rains have subsided, and from the most recent reports, the structure is intact.

    Soon the same faces shall reappear. Their patter will be sunshine and roses, again. The sun is out and all is right with the world, but all is not right. Rains shall again come to this watershed and, now, having blown the whistle of evacuation, they shall worry about criticism and promise to never do that again. The next time they will not be so fast. The next time they will wait a bit longer. The next time they may wait too long.

    We are the stewards of our infrastructure. Budgets are real, but responsibility of such stewardship is real, too. As men, as a nation, we have a shared responsibility to our fellow men, their well being and their property. It is a greater responsibility than any position or job. It is a societal responsibility that we all share, to care for each other. Lies and twisted truth compromise that trust.

    Disseminate truth in all that you do. If you are in a position of authority, you must learn candid and honest truth. If you cannot, you need to surrender your position to another who can.

    FEMA has a booklet on emergency planning for dams. On it’s cover is a picture of a large earthen dam. It is the Oroville Dam.

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    The Auxiliary spillway managed to survive the night. Rains this week may be its end, but right now it lived.

    I'd hate to have 1 million cubic acres of water rushing at me...ugh.

    The Dam itself will be fine but both spillways are wrecked. This is going to cost at least half a billion dollars to fix, assuming it doesn't let go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Malsua View Post
    The Auxiliary spillway managed to survive the night. Rains this week may be its end, but right now it lived.

    I'd hate to have 1 million cubic acres of water rushing at me...ugh.

    The Dam itself will be fine but both spillways are wrecked. This is going to cost at least half a billion dollars to fix, assuming it doesn't let go.
    I've been trying to keep tabs on what's been going on but it's been such a fast moving story it's been hard to.

    This is what happens when your state is busy wasting the money it doesn't have catering to your whole illegal alien and special snowflake population all the while putting environment over people.

    Funny how California was all "Don't Tread On Me", "We're the world's 6th largest economy on our own, we don't need the US" and now they're crying to Uncle Trump for Federal assistance.

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    'Biggest storm of winter' to unleash flooding rain in California at week’s end
    http://www.accuweather.com/en/weathe...s-end/70000864

    A new train of storms has arrived along the Pacific coast, and a potent one is set to hit California hard with heavy rain, mountain snow and strong winds during the latter part of this week.

    The first storm will focus on areas from Northern California to Washington into Thursday. The second storm in the series will focus most of its moisture on Southern California from Thursday night to Saturday.

    "The late-week storm has the potential to be the biggest of the winter in terms of rainfall and impact to much of Southern California," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Jim Andrews.



    The storm will bring enough rain and excess runoff to cause flash flooding, which can cause major delays for motorists. Along with the heavy rain will be the potential for mudslides in some neighborhoods, especially in recent burn scar locations.

    "We expect 3 to 6 inches of rain to fall in the lowlands along the coast and over the Los Angeles basin," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark. "From 6 to 12 inches of rain is likely below snow levels in the mountains, especially along the south-facing slopes."



    In the Los Angeles area, much of this rain may fall in 24 hours from Friday morning through Friday night. In San Diego, the heaviest rain will fall Friday evening into Saturday morning.

    That much rain in such a short period of time could lead to some roads becoming impassable for a while.

    The combination of heavy rain, a low cloud ceiling and gusty winds will also lead to airline delays.

    As the ground becomes soggy again, gusty winds will raise the risk of fallen trees and sporadic power outages.

    Snow levels will remain well above the passes in Southern California. However, those venturing over Donner Pass are likely to encounter slippery conditions. The ski resorts in the Sierra Nevada will likely receive 1 to 2 feet of snow fro the storm later this week.

    In the wake of the big rain through Friday night, spottier showers will continue to dampen the region on Saturday and Saturday night.

    However, locally heavy rain will hit parts of the Desert Southwest and northwestern Mexico this weekend.



    The rain will fall in a hurry over the deserts. Normally dry stream beds can quickly fill with water. Motorists should be prepared for flash flooding in cities such as Palm Springs, California, Las Vegas and Phoenix and Yuma, Arizona.

    Little to no rain may reach Southern California during the period from Sunday through next week.

    Another storm will roll ashore from the Pacific during Sunday night. However, most effects from the storm will be focused from Northern California to Washington during the first half of next week.

    As a result of the ongoing storms, more challenges are ahead for crews, officials residents in the Oroville, California, area. Damage to the spillway at the Oroville Dam forced evacuations earlier this week.

    Rainfall from the storms through Friday have the potential to aggravate the situation around Oroville and other reservoirs filled to capacity in Northern California. Additional rainfall will force officials to release more water downstream. Some of these rivers are already at flood stage.

    The rainfall to end this week will take another big chunk out of the drought over Southern California.

    Total rainfall since Dec. 1 over much of Southern California has ranged from 1.5 to 2.5 times that of average.

    While less than 1 percent of the state remained in extreme drought as of last week, much of the region remained in moderate to severe long-term drought, according to the United States Drought Monitor.




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    The National Guard is setting up Evacuation Center SOUTH OF SACRAMENTO.

    This is a cellphone video from abt 11:40 last night last night with NG and a resident at a gas station, NG basically staging below Sacramento, and they are there for evacuation of area. Lots more, but they were telling this gal to get out of Oroville.

    In video, National Guard guy, quietly, no drama, says they are setting up in Merced for evacuees. Tells Oroville resident to move to "where the water is frozen." Says get out of Oroville. Basically from Oroville down through SanFran and even south, Cali is toast.

    VIDEO: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?sto...00005654793767

    Just announced:

    The people at the dam just announced that they have to reduce the spillway output by 5000 CFPS and are instructing all monitors to observe closely. Didn't say why they are reducing the flow. Came from the public service talk group on the Butte County Sheriff/EMS/Fire.


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    Radio traffic on a regular basis from the dam to the EOC with units FCO and MCOM. FCO is the Federal Coordinating Officer so FEMA is closely involved at least in monitoring and MCOM I'm not sure about but I think it's a Mobile command post. The FCO is asking the MCOM every 20 minutes to see if there are any updates. The Oroville dam twitter account is confirming the order for the reduced flow rate from the spillway. This guy is the FCO and only know that his first name is Bob.



    -FEMA is moving in some 30 trucks and around 100 workers to the area
    -Flooding is occurring on the San Joaquin river near the Vernalis area
    -People are warned not to drive on the levees in Sacramento area
    also the Don Pedro dam seems to be at high risk which would flood the area South of Stockton.

    The water South of Stockton goes North and meets in the flood plains all around there (except the Aqueduct). The whole area in danger is where the veggies, nuts, wine, etc. is grown for a big chunk of the nation.. "

    https://content.govdelivery.com/atta...02-15-2017.pdf

    • Kelly Ridge Powerhouse (located below Oroville Dam) is flooded and unsafe. Any further flooding could result in the potential release of 500 gallons of turbine oil stored in tanks.



    https://weather.com/forecast/regiona...recast-feb2017
    Southern California Bracing For Heaviest Rain Event in 6 Years; Flood Watches Posted For Los Angeles, San Diego

    Oroville Dam Break Would Flood Almost 200,000 California Residents In 7 Hours



    http://www.sacbee.com/news/article132657829.html
    Oroville dam break would flood almost 200,000 California residents in 7 hours
    Feb 14, 2017
    This animation details a worst-case scenario in Oroville, Calif.: dam failure. With 3.5 million acre feet of water held behind the dam, floodwaters would pour through a huge section of Northern California. Residents closest to the dam would have just minutes to evacuate.


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    Oroville Dam update: Spillway releases curbed, even as atmospheric river looms

    FEBRUARY 16, 2017 7:27 AM,

    by RYAN LILLIS, DALE KASLER AND PHILLIP REESE

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    Despite forecasts showing another “atmospheric river” poised to strike the region early next week, engineers began dialing back the water releases from Oroville Dam’s main spillway Thursday in an effort to eventually restart the dam’s shuttered hydroelectric plant. When operational, the plant could release additional water from Lake Oroville.

    After pounding the damaged spillway with releases of 100,000 cubic feet per second since Sunday evening, the state Department of Water Resources dialed back the releases to 94,000 by late Thursday morning. DWR Acting Director Bill Croyle said releases would fall to 80,000 cfs by 3 p.m., where they would hold steady for the foreseeable future.

    Croyle said the lake’s water level has fallen so swiftly since Sunday, when officials ordered 180,000 downstream residents to evacuate, that it’s safe to reduce the spillway releases to focus on the power plant.

    “The threat level – it is much, much, much lower than what it was on Sunday,” he told reporters at DWR’s regional office a few miles from the dam. He added that the spillway hadn’t suffered more erosion since Sunday, when releases were nearly doubled.

    DWR spokesman Chris Orrock said reducing the outflows had become necessary because debris that had accumulated at the bottom of the spillway the past few days was starting to interfere with the power plant’s outtake pipes. That would make it harder to restart the plant.

    “We need to start working” on the plant, Croyle said.

    Even with the curtailed releases, the water level at troubled Lake Oroville continued to decline. The reservoir was down to 867.5 feet just before noon, or nearly 34 feet below the top of the dam. Federal flood regulations say the lake should be at no more than 850 feet this time of year.

    Officials had already said they would start throttling back water releases to pull debris from the river channel beneath the dam. The debris has backed up the river at a critical point, preventing the state from restarting the dam’s hydroelectric power plant. The plant would be capable of releasing up to 13,000 cfs.

    Independent experts told The Sacramento Bee the strategy makes sense. The reservoir should be empty enough to handle the inflow from the “atmospheric river” forecast for Monday, and getting the power plant working again will prove vital to navigating the rest of winter and into spring, when snowmelt from the Sierra will create heavy inflows.

    “They think they’ve got the reservoir under control,” said water policy expert Jeffrey Mount of the Public Policy Institute of California. “They’ve got the breathing room.”

    Joe Countryman, a former U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official, added: “They’re thinking down the road. It’s very, very important to make that (power plant) functional, no doubt.”

    Countryman said the releases down the main spillway still will be considerable. “It’s not like they’re cutting it back to zero; 80,000 (cfs) is a lot of water.”

    Croyle said he doubted the power plant could resume operations in time for the storm expected to strike the region Monday. It would take time just to bring in the construction equipment needed to start plucking the debris out of the river. The debris was caused by the huge crater that opened up in the spillway Feb. 7.

    The storm that rolled in late Wednesday didn’t bring significant rains, but the National Weather Service reported that a warm, heavy storm known as an atmospheric river is expected to hit Monday and Tuesday.

    “It is looking like the system for next week is trending wetter and warmer,” said Michelle Mead of the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

    However, Mead said the rainfall is expected to be only half as heavy as last week’s storm, which swamped Lake Oroville with peak inflows of 191,000 cubic feet per second just as Oroville Dam’s main spillway suffered a massive crater.

    The giant fracture in the main concrete spillway Feb. 7 temporarily hobbled dam operators’ ability to push water out of the reservoir, causing the reservoir to fill and water to flow over the never-before-used emergency spillway. Some 180,000 downstream residents were ordered to evacuate Sunday when state officials feared the emergency spillway was in danger of failing. The crisis eased and evacuations ended Tuesday.

    Oroville Dam: Crews work into the night to bolster eroded spillway as next storm approaches

    Meanwhile, crews working to reinforce the emergency spillway were able to continue their efforts through the night despite periods of heavy wind and rain.

    Oroville Dam’s flood-control manual hasn’t been updated for half a century

    Windy conditions and more rain are forecast for Thursday. Helicopters that have been dropping bags of rocks on emergency spillway this week likely will be grounded Thursday.

    And, if the hillside becomes too slick, ground crews using dump trucks to pour boulders onto the spillway will have to stop their work. The boulders are designed to fortify the eroded hillside at the foot of the emergency spillway’s 1,700-foot concrete apron.

    “We want to make it through this weather system and re-evaluate where we are at,” Orrock said.

    The National Weather Service is forecasting a half to an inch of rain to fall Thursday in Oroville. Perhaps another half inch could arrive on Friday.

    However, the early storms are relatively cold and snowy, alleviating pressure on the reservoir. That’s expected to change. Mead said the 7-day forecast for Oroville calls for a total of 10 inches or so of rain, with much of it coming Monday and Tuesday. Snow levels in the Sierra could be as high as 7,000 feet, she said.

    While not as bad as last week, when snow levels were higher and total rainfall approached 20 inches in the Feather River basin, Mead said the reservoir can expect a significant amount of new water.

    “Enhanced inflows are expected,” she said.

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    If I lived down river I'd be packing up everything I could until the weather dries out and they get the dam under control.

    What's the worst about this is that all that water they're letting out is pretty much going straight to the sea instead of CA being smart enough to build more water storage for times when they do have a drought. I mean, not like they live in a desert or anything and extra water could come in handy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Ruck View Post
    If I lived down river I'd be packing up everything I could until the weather dries out and they get the dam under control.

    What's the worst about this is that all that water they're letting out is pretty much going straight to the sea instead of CA being smart enough to build more water storage for times when they do have a drought. I mean, not like they live in a desert or anything and extra water could come in handy.
    They've let enough water out of the dam that nothing is going to happen now.

    That said, they ought to be building reservoirs all over the place. The areas need to be dual use. They impound water in high rate times and get drawn off first, then it can go back to being a park or ball fields or whatever. Allow no permanent structures there not designed to tolerate it. Bridges can be built with mesh decks, exactly for this purpose and any necessary structures can be up on stilts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Malsua View Post
    They've let enough water out of the dam that nothing is going to happen now.

    That said, they ought to be building reservoirs all over the place. The areas need to be dual use. They impound water in high rate times and get drawn off first, then it can go back to being a park or ball fields or whatever. Allow no permanent structures there not designed to tolerate it. Bridges can be built with mesh decks, exactly for this purpose and any necessary structures can be up on stilts.
    Exactly!

    But... But... Think of the environmental impact!

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    ‘Mass Chaos’ Of Oroville Evacuation Prompts Worry Over Exit Strategy

    February 18, 2017

    Thousands of north Sacramento Valley residents will never forget last Sunday night. It was the night they got stuck in the scariest traffic jam they will ever know.

    It began with a shock, a 4:21 p.m. sheriff’s alert that the emergency spillway at Oroville Dam was crumbling and could fail within the hour. Residents of Oroville, Marysville, Yuba City and other areas near the Feather River were ordered to flee, with the admonition: “This in NOT A Drill. This in NOT A Drill. This in NOT A Drill.”

    The spillway did not give way. But that alert unleashed a flood of its own, sending tens of thousands of cars simultaneously onto undersized roads, creating hours-long backups that left residents wondering if they would get to high ground before the floodwaters overtook them.

    Traffic squeezed through lower Oroville as drivers funneled toward Highway 70. Southbound on the narrow two-lane highway, some unprepared drivers ran out of gas. Others used the shoulder to get past traffic.

    In downtown Marysville, amid stalled traffic and honking horns, a driver jumped onto his pickup truck’s running board to scream at police that he’d sue the city if they didn’t let him through. It took a Yuba City resident, wife of a county official, six hours to wind her way to Davis.

    Highways 70 and 99 southbound were still at a crawl near midnight at their merge north of Sacramento.

    “This was an all-at-once ‘boom’ type of thing,” said Yuba County spokesman Russ Brown. Brown was part of the various government teams that got word out fast via robo-calls to residences, texts, Facebook, Twitter and media alerts. Officials soon discovered traffic pinch points that they need to plan for and smooth out, Brown said, should this happen again.

    Butte County officials on Friday acknowledged they too have some rethinking to do.

    Questioned by Bee reporter Ryan Lillis at a press conference in Oroville Friday, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said officials from a bunch of agencies are convening meetings to look at improving the process.

    “We are now beginning to catch up and try to understand all the activities,” Honea said. “As the days go forward we will refine that (the evacuation plan).”

    Honea has continually said the massive evacuation was the right thing to do, though it was one of the most difficult decisions county officials have had to make. He suggested on Friday, however, that a new evacuation plan designed specifically for a spillway failure may look different from one the county currently is using, which contemplates a complete failure of the dam.

    It’s unclear how many people were evacuated this week. Although the total population in the evacuation area across three counties has been estimated at 188,000, Bee reporters who toured Oroville during last week’s evacuations found many homes higher in the hills were not evacuated, and even some residents in low-lying neighborhoods just yards from the Feather River were defying the order.

    CHP spokesman Ryan Lambert in Oroville said drivers themselves were a problem on Sunday night, slowing traffic in some instances and causing hazards. He listed the issues CHP was dealing with: “Unprepared citizens who were running out of gas and their vehicles were becoming disabled in the roadway. People were utilizing the shoulder, driving the wrong way. Traffic collisions were occurring. People fearing for their lives, not abiding by the traffic laws.”

    “All combined, it created big problems. It ended up pure mass chaos.”

    A number of law enforcement and emergency officials said they felt the evacuation process, overall, was a success, even though it left many residents frustrated. To speed traffic toward higher ground in Chico, the CHP’s Lambert said officers allowed evacuees to drive north on both sides of Highway 70. And the Butte County Association of Governments managed to get several buses into Oroville to pick up and transport 150 disabled or carless people for evacuation.

    But Jon Clark, executive director of the Butte County Association of Governments, said the incident highlights a bad situation on Highway 70, the main state route in the valley below the dam. Much of the Highway 70 corridor has been expanded over decades into a modern highway. But the 21-mile section between Oroville and Marysville remains an undersized and dangerous two-lane road. On Sunday night, it got jammed.

    “Butte County is the biggest county in the state not served by a (continuous) four-lane highway, and that is ridiculous,” Clark said. He plans to travel to Washington, D.C. in March to make a pitch for $320 million in funds to widen 70. (Oh look, California wants more Federal dollars for something... )

    “We need this road fixed,” he said. “That spillway came close to failing. It would have been a real disaster for people stuck on that highway if it had flooded.”

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    Nikita Khrushchev: "We will bury you"
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    Did they remember to do an environmental impact study?

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