Fears Over Oroville Dam Spillway Grow As Hole Gets Larger


GOING TO GET TO THEM IN A MINUTE. FIRST WE WANT TO TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE MOST PRESSING ISSUES FOR YOU AT THIS HOUR. THE OROVILLE DAM SPILLWAY SUFFERED MORE SEVERE DAMAGE TODAY. WHAT WAS A GAPING HOLE CAUSED BY EROSION IS NOW A CRATER. WATER IS POURING IN TO LAKE OROVILLE AND IT CONTINUES TO RISE AT THIS HOUR. THE CHALLENGE FOR WATER OFFICIALS, HOW BEST TO DUMP WATER FROM THE NEARLY FULL RESERVOIR NOW THAT THE SPILLWAY IS SO BADLY DAMAGED. THE OROVILLE DAM IS ALONG THE FEATHER RIVER IN BUTTE COUNTY. CBS13’S ANGELA MUSALLAM IS LIVE THERE. THE DAMAGED SPILLWAY WE’RE TALKING ABOUT IS RIGHT OVER MY LEFT SHOULDER. LAKE OROVILLE HAS BEEN FILLING UP RAPIDLY BECAUSE OF ALL THE RAIN TODAY. IT’S BEEN RISING ABOUT A HALF A FOOT EACH HOUR. NOW ENGINEERS ARE LOOKING AHEAD TO WHAT THEY CAN DO NEXT IF THEY CAN’T USE THIS SPILLWAY TO RELEASE THE EXCESS WATER FROM THE LAKE. THERE’S NO INFORMATION AT THIS POINT TO BELIEVE THAT THE INTEGRITY OF THE DAM IS IN JEOPARDY. Reporter: OROVILLE DAM ENGINEERS SPENDING THEIR SECOND DAY INSPECTING THE OROVILLE SPILLWAY AFTER IRREGULAR WATER FLOW CAUSED THIS. DAMAGE OCCURRED IN ABOUT THIS AREA ON THE SPILLWAY SO IT’S ABOUT MAYBE 2/3rds OF THE WAY DOWN THE LOWER PORTION OF THE SPILLWAY. Reporter: THE DAMAGE TO THE SPILLWAY HAS DAMAGED IN SIZE SINCE TUESDAY, NOW ENGINEERS ARE TRYING TO COME UP WITH A PLAN TO STOP THE EROSION. WE HAVE 35,000 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND GOING OVER THE DAM. WHEN THIS EVENT OCCURRED WE WERE SPILLING 55,000 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND. Reporter: FOR NOW ENGINEERS ARE MONITORING THE SPILLWAY AROUND THE CLOCK CHECKING FOR ANY IRREGULAR WATER FLOW. ACCORDING TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES, IF ENOUGH EROSION OCCURS ALONG THE SPILLWAY, THE EMERGENCY SPILLWAY WILL BE ACTIVATED. OFFICIALS SAY IT’S NEVER BEEN USED SINCE THE DAM WAS BUILT IN THE 1960s. WE’RE REMOVING THE TREES AND VEGETATION IN THE AREA THAT WOULD BE AFFECTED BY THE USE OF THE EMERGENCY SPILLWAY. SO WE ACTUALLY HAVE CREWS OUT THERE AS A PRECAUTION. CAL FIRE IS CLEARING THE AREA IF THE EMERGENCY SPILLWAY NEEDS TO BE ACTIVATED TO MINIMIZE THE AMOUNT OF FLOODING DOWN THE HILLSIDE. WHAT I THINK WAS AMAZING WAS HOW BIG IT WAS. Reporter: THE SPILLWAY DAMAGE WAS QUITE A SIGHT FOR CARRIE WHO HAS LIVED THERE HER ENTIRE LIFE. SHE SAID IF THE SPILLWAY SURVIVED THE STORM IN 1997, THE COULD BE THE SOLUTION IF IT FAILS THIS TIME. THAT’S WHAT IT’S THERE FOR. THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES NOT ANTICIPATING ANY FLOODING CONCERNS. WE HAVE LEARNED FOUR DIFFERENT SCHOOL DISTRICTS AROUND THE AREA HAVE ANNOUNCED SCHOOL CLOSURES FOR TOMORROW AS A PRECAUTION. FOR MORE INFORMATION, HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE, CBS13.COM. THANK YOU, ANGELA, LIVE FROM OROVILLE. THIS ONGOING PROBLEM AT THE OROVILLE DAM SPILLWAY HAS PROMPTED SCHOOLS TO BE SHUT DOWN THIS WEEK. THE BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS OROVILLE CITY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT, OROVILLE UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT, PALERMO UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT, AND THERMALITO, THOSE SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED TOMORROW. THEY SAY THIS IS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE BEING TAKEN BY THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS. NO EVACUATIONS HAVE BEEN ISSUED. #SPILLWAY. FOR MORE INFORMATION WE HAVE CLOSURES ON OUR WEBSITE, CBS13.COM. AND NOW WE HEAD OVER TO CHRISTINA. SHE HAS MORE INFORMATION ON WHAT’S TAKING PLACE AT THE OROVILLE DAM. IT’S INTERESTING BECAUSE WE’RE TALKING ABOUT KIND OF A LARGE AREA HERE. SO WE WANT TO GIVE YOU A CLOSER LOOK AT WHAT THIS MEANS. THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES SAYS THEY PLAN TO USE THE DAMAGED SPILLWAY AS LONG AS POSSIBLE EVEN IF THAT MEANS A BIGGER REPAIR JOB HAPPENS LATER ON, AS LONG AS THE UPPER SECTION OF THE SPILLWAY DOES NOT ERODE WHICH COULD CAUSE THE SPILLWAY GATES TO FAIL. UP HERE IN THE CORNER THAT’S THE LAKE ITSELF UP HERE. THIS IS THE DAM AS YOU CAN SEE, IT’S A LONG SECTION HERE. THIS IS THE SPILLWAY WE’RE TALK ABOUT. IN THIS PICTURE IT DOES HAVE WATER ON IT AT THE TIME. IT’S FROM THE GOOGLE MAP IMAGE AS WELL. THIS EMERGENCY SPILLWAY IS RUNNING ALONG THIS SIDE HERE. YOU CAN SEE IT’S DOWN A HILLSIDE. IT’S AN EARTHEN SPILLWAY. THAT’S THE EMERGENCY AREA HERE. ALL THIS WATER COMING DOWN IN TO THE THERMALITO DIVERSION POOL MAKING ITS WAY TO THE DAM DOWN HERE. NOW THEY’RE USING THIS. THEY’RE TRYING TO PREVENT USING THIS EMERGENCY SPILLWAY I TALKED ABOUT. IT’S DESIGNED TO KEEP WATER AWAY FROM THE DAM. DOWNSIDE OF USING THE EMERGENCY SPILLWAY IS IT WOULD GO DOWN THE HILLSIDE, TAKE OUT TREES AND SOIL SENDING THEM IN TO THE DIVERSION POOL AS I MENTIONED RIGHT HERE. IT WOULD ALSO SEND UP 150,000 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND DOWNSTREAM TOWARD THE THERMALITO DAM AND JUST BELOW THE DAM AS YOU CAN SEE BEHIND ME IS THE FISH HATCHERY. SO ALL THIS IS TAKING PLACE. THEY’RE WORRIED ABOUT WHAT THIS MEANS. THAT’S THE FISH HATCHERY DOWN HERE. CREWS HAVE NOW RACED TO SAVE 4 MILLION BABY SALMON BEFORE THEY DIE FROM THE MUDDY DEBRIS WATER THAT’S NOW FILLING THE DAMAGED SPILLWAY AS WELL. SO THE HATCHERY HAS NO WAY OF FILTERING OUT THAT WATER. IT’S A WIDE TRAJECTORY AND IF THIS REALLY DOES CHANGE AND THE EMERGENCY SPILLWAY IS USED, THINGS CAN GET DICY THIS EVENING. WE’LL KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON THIS. THOSE PICTURES, RIGHT NOW THEY’RE USING THE SPILLWAY THAT THEY SHOULD BE USING TO TRY TO GET THIS WATER OUT OF LAKE OROVILLE. IT’S ALL IN FLUX BECAUSE THEY HAVE ONE MORE WAY TO DUMP WATER. THAT’S THROUGH A POWER STATION. THEY ARE USING THAT. THEY’RE USING EVERYTHING THEY

100 thoughts on “Fears Over Oroville Dam Spillway Grow As Hole Gets Larger

  1. that doesn't look good. I see no solution to this impending doom. no quick fix. my suggestion, haul ass, now. Has anyone told moon beam?

  2. Lets all Hope for the best and that the whole dam just fails & that would be so awesome because it would destroy so much evil we see in the USA today…millions upon millions of these evil pathetic libtards could be wiped out quickly in the blink of an eye…
    God is great and God is always watching and listening..God can and will defeat Satan.. This is just one little battle is all..just wait for the War and it's coming soon…Hope all these freaks of nature know how to swim but I doubt it because that takes effort…

  3. You should have been evaluating.
    remember why you built that big beast. remember the required maintenance on that beast after those cutbacks of the corrupted kind. Hope all those pockets are very deep. city Management and state yes sir. heads will roll.
    you want an to the drought .Done. water it is. anymore wishes. Time to collect my souls oh….
    Nastya Nancy.and Freaky
    Feinstein…
    TRUMP DID NOT CAUSE THE DAMN DAM TO BREAK..

  4. The power plant sluice has been closed down due to massive debris. So they are not using that.

  5. believe the experts… they're the same that built the failing stuff…
    if only these expert had spend playing in sand that would be enough to figure out that the side of the mountain between spillway and dam wall will go down bringing the all dam down… good job… :/

  6. This is CRAZY the emergency spillway should be used. They are MORE worried about the fish than lives & homes. POLITICAL CORRECTNESS & ENVIRONMENTALISM will do them in. They need to forget the dumb fish and use what the emergency spillway was designed for.

  7. If I lived below this damn dam I would be packing my bags and heading for high ground! I don't care what the "authorities" say. It wouldn't be the first time they say "we have it all under control" and the next day — disaster!

  8. 50- 100 years accumulated of college Education— And the F'ing Idiots with 1 Jobs— watch the F'ing Weather… and maintain a safe water level.

  9. The catastrophic flood is gonna happen! Solid proof that global warming is real!
    Of course last year in the middle of the drought: solid proof that global warming is real.
    Hot or cold; rain or shine; drought or flood; it's all the fault of global warming.
    Ask Governor Moonbeam. He'll tell you…

  10. Its now over the emergency spillway wall and carving out waterfalls.

    The spillway has an emergency spillway next to it, its just a wall that has never been used before since the dam was built in the 60's now the question is does the emergency spillway for the main spillway does it have a backup spillway for it ? probably not.

  11. As I recall Gov. Jerry Brown let President Trump know that California was an outpost of resistance, and a   “beacon of hope to the rest of the world.” Well I guess that was before California became waterlogged, because on the 10th of February he sent a cover letter to the Honorable Donald J. Trump requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration. Note the day
    was the 10th several days before the Oroville incident. I guess he will send another letter requesting more $$$$$$$.

  12. Try 2,000 ft. long SIPHONS. IT COULDN'T HURT. OH WAIT, the Nazi/Democrats need a crisis to ceceed from the U.S., so they can prostitute 12 year olds kids legally. The majority of legal residents should rise up and hang their Islamo-Nazi Socialist Democrats who have highjacked their gov. by elevtion fraud, vote-rigging and judicial insanity.
    Do it now before total tyranny is imposed. Oust the traitors. Or become their slaves, as in all places where these International Socialist "Democrat" Party members gain martial control. Storm their palaces and gated communes and put them up on meathooks or just good old fashioned Code of the West hangings.

  13. Trump will make it great again; he knows more than the engineers. He's gonna get some Tonka™ & Fisher-Price™ heavy equipment & fix it himself.

  14. APPEARS TO BE ENGINEERING OR MANAGEMENT NEGLIGENCE… The fateful decision to force overflow into a totally untested Emergency Spillway caused PREDICTABLE MASSIVE EROSION! The worst case of using the primary spillway was to lose (annihilate) the lower half of the primary spillway, but THE WORST CASE OF FORCING THE EMERGENCY SPILLWAY WAS MASSIVE FLASH FLOODING, with risk of 10's of thousands of human deaths, if the erosion was allowed to continue undermining the earthen dam support structure, placing at risk the upper 30' of the dam wall above the Emergency Spillway. In my opinion, this was pure negligence. This needs to be investigated, the situation management needs to be reviewed, the primary decision maker needs to be dismissed, and everyone who has suffered losses now have reasonable grounds for compensation of verifiable losses tied directly to the ill-fated decision to fill the lake and force use of the completely untested emergency spillway. I am mentioning this because I know some of the farmers and ranchers have suffered tremendous financial hardship for having to relocate their animals for this evacuation caused by what appears to be a grossly negligent decision by the water management to use the completely untested emergency spillway, but which has extremely predictable results of massive erosion directly over the dam wall from the spillway. HOW COULD THEY NOT KNOW THIS?!

  15. Don't believe a word the MSM tell you, run like fuck now, don't wait run run run now ! ! !

  16. It's fun to watch people so confident in their man-made structures. I love the lady's quote "the emergency spillway…that's what it's there for."

    As of 05:50 AM PST – they had tried to use the emergency spillway and even more ground was eroding, so they had to stop that and go back to using the damaged main spillway. The emergency spill way, as of Feb 13th, appears to be useless.

  17. Fucked up politicians in Cali – "We didn't see this coming". Yeah they did – psychopaths believe their own lies. Get your priorities straight, Cali – the politicians are worried about the next vote, and the elites are consumed with telling the nation how to think. You are one fucked up mess so clean up your own back yard first.

  18. Now do you believe that your elected officials don't give a rat's ass about you?? Keep arguing politics while the rest run for the freaking hills, you idiots. You put lives at risk – but American lives don't matter.

  19. не могу судить про эту дамбу, но у нас в россии было очень сильное наводнение, и при полувековой постройке не учли одну вещь – сброс воды не в зависимости от уровня в дамбе. Этот вопрос мог бы решить проблему и наводнения и запаса прочности.

  20. there's not even I damn there!! I live three blocks from that place. the lake has been dried up since the 1980's. open your eyes people, and wake up!!!!!

  21. Yes, to paranoid YouTube ignoramuses it's another giant government conspiracy and coverup. Shit happens, you anti-government freaks; which one of you is perfect and has never had a mechanical malfunction in your lives?

  22. Californians $25.3 billion per year for Illegal Aliens and $ 42 billion for Refugees. Water Management Maintenance $100 million..

  23. Californians $25.3 billion per year for Illegal Aliens and $ 42 billion for Refugees. Water Management Maintenance $100 million..

  24. While I hope nobody gets hurt… I fail to feel any sympathy for Californians. Your state is a cesspool.

  25. By tomorrow will someone on here be blaming aliens from space with rain making rays ? This is getting hilarious.

  26. I don't want to be an asshole but it saddens and pisses me off that a lot of money has been spent on the wrong purposes while California's infrastructure is failing.

  27. Everytime I hear the word "engineer" it gives me the creeps. What a bunch of dumb asses.

  28. im in salinas anyone plzs tell me it not going to go to salinas plzs 😧😔😞

  29. oh lord liberals and conservatives blaming one another for mother nature destroying man made infrastructures. Its time to unite and understand while pointing the finger at one another gets nothing solved. Lets work together and quit fighting, We cant stop mother nature.
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  30. LOL the emergency spillway is a only a 1700 ft long concrete path it runs into a dirt hill the water still has nowhere to go

  31. Thank you deranged delusional progressive liberals! Thank you so much! Erosion was detected over 10 years ago and you idiots did nothing to fix it. Instead you morons chose to give billions and billions of tax payer dollars away to illegals living in the state of California to fund their housing, EBT cards, and free medical care through Medi-Cal. Thank you Gov. Moonbeam you stupid insane freak!

  32. everything is under control, sounds a little like New Orleans, that didn't turn out so well!! hope it is ok for the people living downstream.

  33. why is the live feed on repeat ?? its not live no more! it keeps showing the same clips over and over!!

  34. sounds like California got smited. how biblical…. now the sanctuary state will need sanctuary…

  35. Why are sheriffs saying there is no damage to dam? They aren't engineers who knew this crack existed four years ago. Look at google earth and u can see the cracks

  36. Pathetic government clueless effort/solutions as usual — this is a simple engineering problem, that sink hole/spillway can be fixed in 24 hours!!
    Never mind one should always have a back up one — Fukushima anyone?

  37. is this not the new western country that spends millions on supporting illegal activity, harbors terrorist and shutting down free speech. now they would like help i bet ironic

  38. I hope nothing happens but if the whole thing fails I hope it is during daytime with a bunch of views being filmed. What a fucking show it will be.

  39. . 4 MILLION BABY SALMON ? I can't take it any more.. I'm going to my safe space..
    Click.!

  40. EMERGENCY SPILLWAY IS THE AWAITING DISASTER FAILURE ROUTE…IT FAILS AT THE EDGE CARVING OUT A CANYON BREACH…MAJOR DESTRUCTION IS VERY NEAR…RAIN!!

  41. spend 23 million on legal assistance for illegal immigrants to fight our president and ask him for federal funding to fix your dam, lol. Divine intervention maybe?

  42. Calif Gov Moon Beam Brown LOL, 4 term inept loser politician and illegal alien enabler/financier. recall time.

  43. So how far down could the water reach? like wash everyone down all the way to L.A.?

  44. The JEFF P. Channel on YouTube got an interview with worker at the Dam and he said that they have only filled the hole about 8%. The worker ALSO said they knew about the problems in 2005!!!! JEFF also has Video of NATIONAL GUARD saying that they will be EVACUATION clear down to Mercer. I believe Oronville DAM will Fail THIS YEAR. Oronville NEEDS
    TRUMP to come in NOW, with the Army core of Engineers. I believe that the dam was ORIGINALLY DAMAGED BY AN EARTHQUAKE!!!!!!
    Fist up, Fight for Truth. PS. PASS THIS INFO ON TO AS MANY OTHERS AS POSSIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO TO JEFF P. CHANNEL, NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. al I can say is that I have a brother in law that works for state water board and he was told to get his family out asap. That was at 5:15 this morning

  46. Well if California representatives spent more time looking into infrastructure and acting when they were alerted to a potential hazard instead of playing political games this wouldn't have happened. The operators at the dam shouldn't have gave the go ahead to use it after they were told about he initial damage. They just created a larger problem

  47. Typical California thinking, fuck the people save the salmon. I'm also surprised they didn't have a proposition to prevent this failure

  48. Too Bad they been bad mouthing Trump, he's been itching to build a wall or something big. He would have that fucker done lickity split.

  49. I knew California was gonna have cry a river over Trump but this is ridiculous!

  50. Re: Oroville Dam Spillway
    Just for some perspective. Can you find the little people? One "gate" opened partially. Not much of a Spillway left! Water is very very powerful. We are insignificant. See the tiny yellow dots? Those are people.
    Do you see ANY type of concrete reinforcement? They poured it 15 inches thick, woah… Let's not use physics or mathematics, not in the 1960's when we put a man on the moon with the computer power now in a CALCULATOR, but no steel reinforcement for a SPILLWAY supposedly built to control 200,000 cfs (cubit feet per second).
    Is the State of California really that uninformed? As a Planning Commissioner in the 1990's City of Oroville. We involved the County (Butte) who went to the State with our concerns…. (Crickets)
    Why am I so Grrrrrrrrr? Articles say some bull about bubbles? No knowledge? Come On! STOP IT!
    Here is the inconvenient Truth. The State is NEGLIGENT and endangered almost 200,000 people (lives).
    This is a BIG DEAL! Winter is (still) Coming. What's the ole saying? April showers bring May flowers? It's only February!!
    It's not over… RANT OVER!! Please fact check me.

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