Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Could Open By Early Saturday


ADRIENNE MOORE IS TRACKING THE DEVASTATING FLOODING IN SOUTH LAKE TAHOE AND STEVE LARGE HAS MORE ON THE DAM. TONIGHT THE WATER LEVEL CONTINUES TO RISE. I’M SAM SHANE. AND I’M CHRISTINA JANES. THE STATE COULD POSSIBLY USE AN EMERGENCY SPILLWAY RIGHT NEXT TO THE DAMAGED SPILLWAY BUT THAT ONE HAS ITS OWN SET OF ISSUES. DREW BOLLEA IS LIVE WITH WHAT THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES PLANS TO DO. Reporter: THIS IS A SITUATION THAT HAS NEVER BEEN DEALT WITH BEFORE. WE’RE BEING TOLD NOW THAT THE WATER WILL BE SPILLING OVER THE EMERGENCY SPILLWAY IN ONLY A FEW HOURS. I HATE TO HAVE THEM USE THAT EMERGENCY SPILLWAY. Reporter: GREG MAHONE HAS LIVED BEHIND THE LARGEST SPILLWAY SINCE HE WAS BORN. HE AND THOUSANDSOVER OTHERS WILL BE ON EDGE THE — THOUSANDS OF OTHERS WILL BE ON EDGE THE NEXT FEW DAYS. I HOPE THIS WEATHER LETS UP SO THEY CAN GET A HANDLE ON IT. Reporter: ENGINEERS ARE KEEPING A CLOSE EYE FROM BELOW AND UP ABOVE. AUTHORITIES MUST DO SOMETHING TO EASE PRESSURE ON THE DAM SO THEY’RE RELEASING WATER DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE HOLE HAS MORE THAN DOUBLED IN SIZE AND THIS IS THE COLLATERAL DAMAGE, EARTH BEING TORN AWAY. THE WATER WILL EVIDENTLY HIT BEDROCK. THE EROSION WILL SLOW DOWN OR STOP THAT THE POINT. IF THAT’S THE CASE WE COULD HAVE USE OF THE EXISTING SPILL WAY IS WHAT WE’RE HOPING FOR. Reporter: OPENING THE UP CONTROLLED EMERGENCY SPILLWAY. UNLESS CONDITIONS CHANGE, WE ANTICIPATE THERE MAY BE A RELEASE OF WATER OVER THE EMERGENCY SPILLWAY. MAYBE SOMETIME ON SATURDAY. Reporter: WORKERS SPENT THE DAY CLEARING DEBRIS FROM BENEATH THE EMERGENCY SPILLWAY JUST IN CASE. IF WE CAN PUSH UP FROM 50 TO 60, 60,000 CSF, THEN WE THINK WE CAN REDUCE THE SPILLWAY. FROM ALL MY YEARS LIVING HERE I WOULD HAVE NEVER IMAGINED. IT LOOKS LIKE THEY’RE GOING TO TRY TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF WATER THAT’S GOING TO GO OVER THE EMERGENCY SPILLWAY AS YOU HEARD SATURDAY MORNING IS WHEN THEY BELIEVE THAT WATER WILL GO OVER THE EMERGENCY SPILLWAY. RIGHT NOW WE’RE AT 10 FEET AWAY FROM CAPACITY. BUT UNFORTUNATELY THE WATER FLOWING INTO THE LAKE FAR OUT PACES THE WATER FLOWING OUT. DREW, QUICKLY. WHAT ABOUT THE NEXT STORM. WE’RE CLEARLY NOT OUT OF THE RAINY SEASON JUST YET. THAT QUESTION WAS ASKED TODAY AT THE NEWS CONFERENCE. WE WEREN’T GIVEN A TIME LINE OF WHEN ANY OF THE FIXES OR CONTINGENCY PLANS WOULD BE PUT IN PLACE. BUT WE WERE TOLD THAT THEIR

28 thoughts on “Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Could Open By Early Saturday

  1. Evacuate immediately! This is an earthen dam which cannot take the vibration from the damage! In my opinion this dam is finished! Get out while you can!!!

  2. We need more rain!!!! We have a drought in California. Haven't you seen the pictures of the dry lakes?

  3. Are we paying the DWR to be lookie-loos? Shouldn't they be back at the office coffee room where they can discuss their very generous retirement benefits.

  4. they wanted to leave. god has pervited the way—-SO GO!!—BEY BEY!!!  HILDABEAST LOVERS!

  5. There are no emergency spillway gates, it is at a lower level than the dam. The dam operators at this point are helpless. The lake level is rising and more rain is on the way. If I lived in Oroville I would get ready to leave. Also the water is now flowing over the emergency spillway. 2/11/17

  6. They knew about the large cracks in the spillway years ago, there are pictures of them examining the cracks. California thought it more important to house, feed and provide lawyers for illegal foreign invaders not to mention the 6.7 Billion spent on the New Bay Bridge that took 12 years to build and is held down by its weight alone because the wrong anchor bolts were used and snapped when tightened. Democrats are giving driver's licenses to illegal aliens but are vehemently against Voter ID laws in order to protect massive voter fraud in the state. Californians are imbeciles, they should be swimming in money yet never question why they are broke all the time and just keep electing the same criminal empire (democratic party) decade after decade. As you sow, so shall you reap

  7. Finally a report on the Oroville Dam situation that gives you the whole story. Great Work!

  8. Call the Donald you dumb shits , you are clueless with out the federal government ! hahaha ! Kiss some ass and eat some crow bitches !

  9. You dopes in California should have spent less time and energy on liberal bullshit and protecting illegal aliens. Ever inspect something?

  10. Those engineers don't look very serious about their job……..probably don't have clue what to do……

  11. How about installing large siphon pipes; similar to what farmers use in the field but much larger. Thenn attach tubes to them to direct the water where you want it to go. Good luck.

  12. http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/12/oroville-residents-told-to-evacuate-spillway-failure-imminent/

  13. Now how you like that, Californians eating crow…….petitioning for statehood which was an act of protest against President Trump, now your gov. Jerry Brown asking the President for help and emergency relief…..gosh the libtards in California are so full of themselves, and now this is what they get.

  14. I like how they talk AS IF they have control of the water pouring over the emergency Spillway – NOT its all as simple as 100 in 100 out if the main spillway can only run at 100,000 CFM and the river is pouring in 120,000 – the other 20,000 GOES over the top , This is not rocket science ! ( simplified – I realize some goes through the powerhouse )

  15. After spending $25 billion on illegal aliens Jerry Brown is now wetting his pants asking for money from the federal government. And another storm system coming in over the weekend. Good move Jerry.

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