Hole In Oroville Dam Spillway Grows As Officials Plan Next Move


THE WEATHER CHANGES WITH OUR WEATHER APP YOU CAN DOWNLOAD IT THROUGH iTUNES AND THE GOOGLE PLAY STORE. THEY TOOK A LOOK AT THE OROVILLE , THIS SPILLWAY. IT IS ALONG THE FATHER RIVER. HERE WITH MORE ON WHAT THE DEPARTMENT WITH WATER RESOURCES PLAN TO DO AS THE WATER LEVEL RISES. Reporter: IT IS A TENSE SITUATION. WE GOT OUR HANDS ON SOME INSPECTION REPORTS FROM YEARS PAST WE HAVE LEARNED THAT THIS IS BEEN PASSED UP IN THE PAST BUT EVERYTHING APPEARED A NORMAL — APPEARED NORMAL. YESTERDAY, AS WE SAW SOMETHING WENT WRONG AND OFFICIALS ARE SCRAMBLING TO FIND A FIX BEFORE MORE RAIN HEADS OUR WAY. THE WHOLE IS HUGE. WHAT YOU SEE TODAY MAY NOT BE THERE TOMORROW. Reporter: IT’S ONLY GETTING BIGGER. WE WOULD NOT BE SURPRISED, MUCH OF THE LOWER PORTION HAS BEEN ERODED AWAY. OUR THE SPILLWAY WHERE RESERVOIR WATER IS BEING RELEASED DURING WEATHER EVENTS. THE GIANT HOLE OPENED UP YESTERDAY AND THE FLOOD GATES WERE CLOSED. A TEST RUN TO EASE PRESSURE ON THE DAM. 20,000 KEEPER FEICK PER SECOND AND — CUBIC FEET AND IT RIPPED APART THE WHOLE SAMORE. THE EARTH IS TORN AWAY AS THE BROWN WATER CRASHED TOWARDS THE RIVER BELOW. AND THEN WHEN THE GATES CLOSED A LARGER HOLE WAS REVEALED. TENSE MOMENTS CONCERNED ABOVE AND BELOW THE DAM. PEOPLE IN OROVILLE WORRY THAT IT COULD LEAD TO MORE SERIOUS SITUATION WITH THE DAM ITSELF. I WORRY ABOUT MY PETS AND STUFF LIKE THAT. Reporter: OFFICIALS ARE COMING THOSE FEARS. WE DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THERE IS EMINENT DANGER WITH THE DAM. Reporter: THE WATER HAS TO GO SOMEWHERE. WE ARE OBSERVING THE WATER COMING IN. Reporter: THE DAM HAS TWO SPILLWAYS AND ONE OF THEM IS FOR THE EMERGENCY PURPOSES ONLY AND IS UNREGULATED. ONCE THEY OPEN IT UP THE WATER WILL FLOW FREELY. THEY WILL DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO AVOID USING THE EMERGENCY SPILLWAY EVEN IF IT MEANS USING THE CURRENT ONE WITH THE HOLE IN IT AND THAT MEANS MORE EROSION WILL TAKE PLACE. THE TRYING TO GET THROUGH THE NEXT FEW DAYS BEFORE THEY CAN FIND A PERMANENT SIX. AS HE MENTIONED, THE WATER LEVEL AT OROVILLE CONTINUES TO RISE IT WAS 860 FEET WHEN THE SPILLWAY WAS DISCOVERED. THE LATEST READING 873 FEET OFFICIALS ARE DOING EVERYTHING

54 thoughts on “Hole In Oroville Dam Spillway Grows As Officials Plan Next Move

  1. Start evacuating The areas witch gonna be hit if the dam breaks immediatly to the higher grounds.
    Potential waterflows could occur and undermine the ground structure of the dam .
    Danger increase when rain continues .
    Better safe the sorry .
    Good luck , From The Netherlands .

  2. Call that dude who does those commercials for Flex Seal .. he'll have it patched in no time at all !

  3. The concrete is to thin should have been 2 ft and it needs to have rebar…..Should have went UNION

  4. Not even a suggestion by the State Officials to those poor souls down stream to pack up their irreplaceable items and be ready to evacuate. There is nothing more frightening than ignorance in action. The Dirty Little Secret here is that the EMERGENCY SPILLWAY (now renamed Auxiliary Spillway) is only dirt and designed to buy those down stream some EXTRA TIME to EMERGENCY EVACUATE the brown water is the Dam infrastructure failing. We need to pray for no more rain or snow and we will be fine.

  5. if an agency or government official says not to worry, then you(mean everyone else) worry. and prepared for pandemic

  6. Governor Brown tell us if we need to pack a few items and close the schools for a day or so let those effected get ready to go to high ground. You don't have to beg Trump for help don't or make this political! Because a breach in the EMERGENCY SPILLWAY means a mandatory EMERGENCY EVACUATION or this is all on you Boss the clock is ticking sir.

  7. We all know there's (a) Geologist(s) behind the scenes shitting their pants, and the officials aren't heeding his/her/their warnings. Seen this 20 times in the Movies

  8. The damage is over 1/4 mine away from the dam on solid bed rock. What happened is there was a crack in the spillway that water was able to force it's way into. Once the water pressure got under the slab of the spillway it hydrologically lifted the slab. Lets say you have 50 PSI of pressure being applied to a 1 inch hole. The water goes under an area of the slab that is sealed and it can not escape from. Lets say that area is 20 foot by 20 foot. That makes 57,600 square inches of surface area the water can push on. That makes that 50 PSI pressure capable of lifting 2,880,000 pounds. Since the slab was 12 inches thick the concrete used was only 1,600,000 pounds for that 20 X 20 area. That leaves a difference of 1,280,000 pounds of uplifting force. That force must go somewhere. This is how the spillway was damaged. Any crack can allow water in. This is why they build them with drainage so the water has a place to escape and it can not build up pressure. See my channel for what the news is not telling you.

  9. It looks like sabotage to many straight lines like it was cut.And they new about the damage last year when the water was dam near empty

  10. Keep pouring water over this damaged spillway and it will erode the side of the hill. This damaged spillway is very dangerous it could collapse..
    The hole should have been fixed when it was small.
    Now you have no choice but to use it.
    Very Stupid and Very Dangerous.

  11. New bigger, better and safer dam to be built after old dam is gone! Your Government in action!

  12. I ordered this (2) days ago at least Life Jackets but the pictures of the officials standing over the spillway with there hands in their pockets spelled volumes.

  13. Damn global warming. By now, Southern California should be waterless. I guess AL was wrong…again…and again…and again.

  14. I wonder how this might effect the lowering end of the hatchery and Kern river Connections especially since theres all ready impending problems . Were wondering if we too should have a plan. one thing for sure plan A is out of here for those of us who were lucky enough to have long history in Oroville and Palermo and the feather river areas. Now what?

  15. I would hate to be the "Officials" that told people nothing to worry about here! They should be fired and fined

  16. "Hello… We're sorry. The Army Corp of Engineers cannot be reached at this time. Your call is important to us. Please leave us a detailed message and we will return your call in the order it was received."

  17. this has happened before. On March 12, 1928, the Saint Francis dam blew and over 400 people died. the main engineer William Mulholland said all was fine the DAY BEFORE the dam blew, even though there were cracks everywhere. get out now!

  18. Seem to remember another time and place where I lived…and "officials" also said, not to worry. Think it was called, Mount Saint Helens. Lived in Seattle back then. They had this "Red Zone" where they said it was safe to take photos as the volcano threw ashes miles in the air. Of course, most know the rest of the story. Many of those in the "safe" zone were killed by hot volcanic ash as the side of the mountain unexpectedly blew up. Best to use some common sense and if there's any way to prepare to leave, if only until the water levels, decrease in the lake and they might be able to start repairing that spillway that broke up…caution can be a friend in situations such as this one. Live!

  19. Trump wants to build a wall betwin mexico and USA which is just as stable as this spillway from this dam? That never works!!!

  20. Lying bastards. There had to be a geologist inspecting the spillway site. They knew they just chose to hope nothing would happen. No money for a proper repair but then they risk much more money and possible loss of lives. Really stupid people in control.

  21. 100,000 cubic feet of water per second an Olympic size pool holds 88,278 cubic feet of water.

  22. Trump did say our infrastructures are falling apart while we are spending money and resources to illegals and foreign countries

  23. Where is the rebar???? It seriously appears improper construction techniques were used

  24. Brown stands revealed as spending money on unlawful immigrants rather than protecting the more than 20 million farmers and residential consumers the dam provides water to.

    Brown’s priorities for illegal immigrants rather than repairing a 50-year-old dam risked the lives of 185,000 people who had to be evacuated on February 12 out of fears by officials that North America’s tallest dam was about to collapse.

  25. chunks of cement? it's not cement, it's concrete, cements is the binding agent in concrete.

  26. Yet another great example of mankind finding out the hard way not to fuck with Mother Nature. No matter what we build, nature can destroy in seconds. They have such contempt for nature, and now they're paying the price, I just pray they can fix it.

  27. haha. this was a fun experience. i was in 7th grade at the time, im a sophomore now. my middle school cancelled school for a couple weeks(?), and my family and i evacuated the area. the next day, my mom, step dad, dog, and i came back down to our house to take care of things we couldnt take with us while my grandma, grandpa, sister, and other dogs stayed up there. nothing bad happened to me, but the evacuation itself was terrifying. we couldnt contact the rest of our family, people were getting in accidents all over, it was like a movie. you never really think that a situation would be, but people flipped cars trying to get out. if you ever have to evacuate, be safe, stay on the road, and listen to the people telling you what to do and where to go.

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