Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Eroding, Evacuations Ordered


211, NOT 911. UNLESS IS AN ACTUAL EMERGENCY. THEY WERE HAVING NEWS CONFERENCES AND THEY JUST WRAPPED ONE UP, WE HAVE THE LATEST FROM THERE. Reporter: DEFINITELY WE HAVE HERE SOME EVACUEES THAT ARE BEING BRIEFED RIGHT NOW ON WHAT WE WERE TOLD. WE WILL SHOW YOU THIS FAMILIAR SCENE NOW. THE LIGHT YOU SEE IS THE TOP OF THE DAM. BELOW THAT, YESTERDAY, WE SPOKE ABOUT THE SPILL WAY, GATED SPILL WAY AND FOR IF THE FIRST TIME THE WATER WAS SPILLING OVER INTO THIS EMERGENCY OR AUXILIARY SPILL WAY. AT 3:00 THIS AFTERNOON, ENGINEERS MONITORING THE SITUATION THERE NOTICED THERE WAS SOME SORT OF EMERGENCY SPILL WAY. IT HAS NEVER USED. MORE DIRT, NOT CONCRETE LIKE THE MAIN GATED SPILL WAY. THEY NOTICED THAT EROSION. THEY WERE WERE WORRIED ABOUT THAT. THEY CONTINUED TO INCREASE THE FLOW OF THE WATER DOWN THE MAIN SPILL WAY TO KIND OF GIVE RELIEF TO THE LAKE HERE. THEIR CONCERN, OBVIOUSLY IS WHAT HAPPENS. ARE THEY GOING TO HAVE BREECH OR FLOODING? THE DECISION WAS MADE TO EVACUATE PEOPLE IN OROVILLE IN THE LOWER AREAS. SOUTH OF BUTTE COUNTY TRYING TO GET PEOPLE TO HIGHER GROUND BECAUSE THEY JUST DON’T KNOW AT THIS POINT. THEY NEVER HAD ANYTHING LIKE THIS HAPPEN. THEY CONFIRMED WITH ENGINEERS, LOOKING AT THE SITUATION. THEY SAID THEY ARE GOING TO START USING HELICOPTERS TO TRY TO FILL SOME SORT OF SENTIMENT MATERIAL INTO THE HOLE ON THAT NEVER-USED AUXILIARY AREA. THEY DON’T KNOW WHEN IT WILL START. THEY ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON IT ALL. YOU CAN MILLION A GROUP OF INITIALS SAYING LOOK WE NEVER HAD TO DEAL WITH THIS. WE ARE LOOKING AT IT, TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO. THE BEST THING, SAFETY FIRST, GET THE PEOPLE OUT OF THE COMMUNITY IN CASE SOMETHING GOES WRONG. AGAIN, THE SITUATION NOW IS THAT LOWER LEVEL OROVILLE IS EVACUATED. I CAN TELL YOU WHEN WE WERE COMING UP HERE EARLIER TODAY WE SAW ALL OF THE TRAFFIC AND GOT THE ALERTS. ALL OF THE STORES ARE CLOSED. IT LOCKS LIKE A GHOST TOWN. WE SPOKE TO FOLKS EVACUATED. WE WERE SLEEPING OR HANGING OUT AND WE GOT THIS MESSAGE. E-MAIL IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS ARE RUNNING AROUND, THROWING OUR CATS AND DOGS IN THE CAR AND GETTING TO HIGHER GROUND. THAT IS THE SITUATION IN OROVILLE. HERE I TALKED TO EVACUEES. LOOK I AM SCARED TO DRIVE BACK. I LIVE — ONE GUY TELLING ME HE LIVES IN WOODLAND AND DOES NOT WANT TO DRIVE BACK BECAUSE OF THE SITUATION. AGAIN, RIGHT NOW, ENGINEERS ARE LOOKING AT IT. I CAN TELL YOU THERE WILL BE ANOTHER NEWS CONFERENCE AT ABOUT 9:00. THEY ARE HOPING TO HAVE MORE INFORMATION. AGAIN, THEY DON’T KNOW WHEN THEY CAN ATTACK THIS PROBLEM. THEY KNOW WHAT THEY BELIEVE THEY WILL BE ABLE TO DO WITH IT. THEY DON’T KNOW HOW LONG IT IS. ANYONE WONDERING WHEN THEY CAN GO BACK HOME IT IS A STILL A HUGE QUESTION MARK. EVERYONE IS CROSSING THEIR FINGERS HERE AND HOPING THERE IS NOT A BROACH OF WATER. IT WOULD BE CATASTROPHE TO THIS AREA. BACK TO YOU. NO DOUBT. 7:00 ON THE DOT RIGHT NOW. YOU ARE WATCHING US ON CW31 ALONG WITH CHRISTINA, THIS IS TONY. WE HAVE LISA IN THE WEATHER CENTER. CREWS OUT AND ABOUT TO BRING YOU THIS UNPRECEDENTED EVENT AND A DANGEROUS EVENT IT IS. OBVIOUSLY THE GRAMMYS ARE ON. WE WILL DIP INTO THAT. STAY WITH US. YOU WILL NOT MISA THING. ONE THING TO MENTION AS FAR AS THE HELICOPT — MISS A THING. ONE THING TO MENTION AS FAR AS THE HELICOPTERS. TWITTER PEOPLE ARE SAYING I HEAR HELICOPTERS FILLED WITH BOULDERS OVER MY HOUSE ON THE WAY TO THE SPILL WAY. HE SAYS IT IS LIKE A GODZILLA MOVIE. NEW INFORMATION FOR YOU ALL FOR PLANNING PURPOSES FOR THOSE THAT LIVE UP IN IT THIS AREA. BUTTE COUNTY SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY. CHICO AND PARADISE WILL HAVE CLASSES AND WE ARE HEARING THAT CALUSA UNIFIED CLOSED. THEY WILL NOT BE IN SESSION ON MONDAY. GIVES YOU TIME TO PREPARE DEPENDING ON WHAT THE SITUATION WILL BE IN THE NEXT 24 HOURS AS WELL. SOMETHING ELSE TO KEEP IN MIND. BUTTECOUNTY.NET HAS INFORMATION AND WE WILL LINK IT TO OUR WEB SITE. SO, KEEP THAT IN MIND AS WELL AS WE GET THIS NEW INFORMATION IN FOR YOU RIGHT NOW. 211 IS THE NUMBER YOU WANT TO KEEP HANDY AS WELL TO CALL FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION ON WHAT TO DO. WE ARE AWAITING WORD ALSO FROM THE NEWS CONFERENCE THAT WILL UPDATE US ON THE LATEST. THIS AFTERNOON IS WHEN THEY NOTICED, HEY, THINGS ARE NOT GOING AS WE EXPECTED. THE EMERGENCY SPILL WAY MOVING OVER THE AREA THAT WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO. WE ARE GOING TO TAKE THE MOVE AND HAVE ALL OF THESE AREAS EVACUATE. ALL OF THE AREAS ARE BEING HALLWOOD, MARYSVILLE, LINDA, ALL BECAUSE OF THE POTENTIAL FAILURE OF THE OROVILLE DAM SPILL WAY. BUTTE COUNTY ALSO DEALING WITH WITH SITUATIONS THERE. CHRISTINA GO AHEAD? DOWNTOWN OROVILLE, AREAS SOUTH OF LINCOLN BOULEVARD AND THE WEST SIDE OF LINCOLN. LINK OVER BOULEVARD, ALL OF THE LOW-LYING AREAS AROUND FEATHER RIVER. ANYWHERE SOUTH OF BUTTE COUNTY ALONG THE RIVER KEEP IN MIND THIS ARE EVACUATION SHELTERS IN PLACE AT THE SILVER DOLLAR FAIRGROUNDS, THE AIR DICE ALLIANCE CHURCH ON CLARK ROAD. ACCEPTING SMALL ANIMALS AS DOES THE FAIRGROUNDS. A LARGE ANIMAL SHELTER AT THE CENTER. AND THERE IS ANOTHER EVACUATION CENTER OPEN AT GLEN COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS. THIS IS ON 221 EAST YOLO STREET. SO, YOU ARE LOOKING RIGHT HERE ON YOUR SCREEN OF THE AREAS THAT ARE AFFECTED BY THIS RIGHT NOW. A WIDE AREA. NOT ONLY THE OROVILLE AREA. BOUT COUNTY BUT ALSO INVOLVING — BUTTE COUNTY BUT ALSO INVOLVING OROVILLE AND MORE. HEAD COUNTS WE ARE TALKING UPWARDS OF SIX FIGURES. 50,000 HERE, 50,000 THERE. SO, A LARGE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE ARE IMPACTED BY THIS. I WANT TO BE MORE CLEAR ABOUT 211. SOMEONE IN THE EVACUATION AREA NEEDS ASSISTANCE CALL 211 FOR AA SIFT SKPAPBS KEEP THE A — FOR ASSISTANCE. KEEP 911 OPEN IF YOU CAN. NOW, ALL OF THIS AREA LEFT OF THIS AREA HERE A LOT OF PEOPLE ON THEIR SUNDAY DAY OF REST SUDDENLY THEY HAD TO MANEUVER AROUND. AND, GRAB YOUR FAMILY BUT THE PETS ARE PART OF THE FAMILY AS WE KNOW. A LOT OF LAND OUT THERE AND A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE HORSES AND THINGS LIKE THAT. SO, IT IS GOING TO BE HECTIC.

83 thoughts on “Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Eroding, Evacuations Ordered

  1. This is why you don't spend tax dollars on political correctness! This could've been prevented if they were spent WISELY!

  2. We have become so dumbed down that we no longer use simple common sense but rely on the media and government to tell us when to react, all is well, don't worry. Get the hell out of the danger zone now! Don't trust these self serving a-holes who are only interested in covering their own arses! It's going to fail. You standing in front of a tidal wave of run away water are not going to protect anyone or anything. Your body may not even ever be found nor that of your loved ones. Go! NOW!!!

  3. water moves dirt and rocks etc. wasnt california known for its gold rush. after the water recedes id be in there like a dirty shirt metal detecting for once burried deep gold nuggets now left up high and dry just a thought.

  4. they will need to perform a partial blow out on the wall to save the dam…after what's coming on Thursday

  5. Rest assured, the government will feed the public nothing but prefabricated bullshit.Always have, always will !

  6. its a real shame the protesters are not at the bottom of the dam protesting the dam going bad get your asses down and do America a favor and protest the bottom of the dam.

  7. Did anyone notice it's suppose to rain this Wednesday 02/15 all the way to 02/22 in Oroville?

    50% Wednesday
    100% Thursday
    70% Friday
    70% Saturday
    70% Sunday
    60% Monday
    60% Tuesday
    60% Wednesday

  8. Bernie Sanders keeps talking about crumbling infrastructure. But it's more important to give billions to banks and military.

  9. I've been following this from the uk since the main spillway was first shut down last week, I find it outrageous that the major 2 news networks have ignored it.
    Good luck to the 100's of thousands of people who have to seek refuge.

  10. This is an inside job by Jerry Brown. Totally inept engineers will take the blame but this is an inside job. They had days to make repairs. Only now they get to work after its too late. The dam will be fine but the reservoir will empty through the broken spillway.

  11. The Response they give "We have never had to do this before" is the most stupid thing they could say!

  12. another storm next week along with deep snow in the mountains, spring run off when are the people suppose to be abele to go back home?

  13. There is another big rain formation coming. All the mountain dams are full. It will result in flooding on a historic scale. Not dams breaking so much as in full bypass mode. All spillways full open emergency and otherwise.

  14. Water in the lake dropping at 4" per hour. They have till Wed till in flows start rising again. Lets hope they can drop the lake enough.

  15. I hope President Trump says no for federal tax payer money to rebuild this old dam that should have been addressed years ago. Liberals need to wake up and stop breaking Calif by spending tax dollars on illegal immigrants and welfare and unnecessary social programs and stupid EPA studies. Need to vote those tards out. Nancy Pelosi too.

  16. This is what Trump said! Our infrastructure is in bad shape! Right again. Please pray for this area!

  17. thay new this was a problem in 2013 n did nothing to fixit that would rather fed and house illegal aliens. so why worry about it now

  18. idiots everywhere talking about politics on this video. Call up your fucking congressmen who are responsible FOR THE BUDGET AND APPROPRIATIONS. All you scum sucking worthless trump supporters would have cheered for Hurricane Katrina and said Obama did it, OH WAIT that was BUSH JR IN CONTROL OF FEMA.

    This isn't a fucking political issue its a budget and engineering issue.

  19. 'They' started letting this collapse as soon as they 'decided' to neglect maintenance.
    Interesting he had to let people know the 'grammy's' would not be interrupted due to a fucking emergency. It appears people have given up.

  20. Watched You Tube all weekend, saw this happening. Urged my people to evacuate Saturday morning. Just do not understand why people were not more prepared. Gassed up, things packed, pets and animals safe… ready to go…. Do not depend on others to do for you what you can do for yourself. Keep your family safe!!!!

  21. In a day or two the water will stop spilling over the dam and everyone forget today's disturbing thoughts. Ain't much a flood to the levee breaks.

  22. Let's hope that everyone in the evacuation area has evacuated and is not waiting to the last minute. We do not need to risk Coast Guard and National Guard personnel in doing helicopter rescues of lots of people stranded in flood water who should have evacuated.

  23. Left wing Cali. Man power and money there . So far left they rather push social / transgender / ect… . But not common sense infrastructure . Thus putting hundreds of thousands at risk . Support our President for new infrastructure / economy . Together We can be great . Stop the wasting. All those young men / gang banging . Lets get buses pick them up put them to work . Teach them a skill to live off. Done and Done.

  24. just pile up clinton supporters in front of the dam. handcuff them to each other. their bodies can fill the hole etc… and stop the flood… though they may poison the water…

  25. if its a mandatory evacuation why is the Oroville Hospital ignoring evacuation orders and keeping patients at the hospital? Why would they put their patients and staff in harms way?

  26. What about using the bypass tunnels that were used during construction?? Were they filled after the dam was completed in 1968??

    I'm tired of hearing that the emergency spillway is not part of the main dam. Anything that retains water is part of the dam (call it a weir if you want). I know that the main dam is concrete, but the buttress is all soil, and whenever parts of an earthen dam start eroding it's never acceptable in my view. Many areas have record snow pack and it looks like atmospheric river events will continue to occur. Better leave plenty of room in the bathtub.

    I don't think the erosion on the main concrete channel will "stabilize" with flows exceeding 100,000 cfs. It will continue to incise up the spillway and wash the lower portion of the concrete channel away and pretty soon we may have one of the nation's tallest waterfalls. People will find out that eroding away big chunks of bedrock does not take centuries.

  27. what's funny is that in 1997 there was much more rain/flooding going on. The spillway was operating at over 160 cfms and they never had to use the emergency spillway (the lowest structural part of the dam). This year its less and have been operating at far less cfms, now that they waited too long and got that hole that ended up tearing apart the main spillway, they put themselves in this last minute potential disaster. Big government at work! Sounds like the sheriff in that county wasted no time with the political bs from the water agency because they wouldn't communicate enough about the problem, so he took control by getting evacuations going. . . at least they have a good sheriff down there.

  28. this is why Calif shouldn't secede…theyre gonna need emergency funds..stupid liberals

  29. Complete Criminal Negligence by Brown et al. BILLIONS for Illegals but ZERO FOR Waterway, Dams, Rivers and Reservoirs. Go LIBERALS. Another Success. They are still screaming: Severe Drought.

  30. Doesn't California want to secede from the US and become a sanctuary state? Now they want federal funding to help… interesting.

  31. I was at Beale AFB in 1986 when the Feather River levee broke in Linda. The devestation was incredible. We were rescuing people from rooftops and flying them to the base. I wouldn't wish the heart ache on any one. Except maybe my bitch ex girlfriend who still lives in Yube City. The red headed Satan child. I hope her pool fills with carp shit

  32. EVIL PREVAIL WHEN GOOD PEOPLE DO NOTHING.
    TO THE PEOPLE WHO'S COMMENTS ARE MEAN
    SO SORRY THAT YOU WERE ABUSED AS CHILDREN. YOUR APATHY LET'S THE GOOD PEOPLE KNOW WHO U R. PROBLEM MAKERS NOT SMART ENOUGH TO BE APART OF THE SOLUTIONS.

  33. these freemasons slowed down the flow to make this disaster happen to see how panic is looking like to know how to act further…

  34. Please ask the DWR people to give an estimate of how much silt has built up behind the dam over the last 50 years, and consequently how storage capacity has been thereby reduced.

  35. This could be symptomatic of the rest of the conditions of other dams in the US. A significant rain compound with melting snow will unleash destruction. Pray and do some introspection, nothing seems so certain nowadays, with all the lying and false news, you cannot trust your life to even elected people.

  36. anyone see how the money that disappeared could have been used to prevent this

  37. Jerry Brown is a fucking clown! Him and the rest of the morons better be put in prison if anyone dies. And if this dam breaks, the insurance companies should sue them, because this was preventable. But Jerry would rather spend $$ hiring Eric Holder, thats another Bastard that should be in Prison. The Dems have fucked up Cali, clowns!!

  38. Fk california let them drown..fkrs want help from the govt after starting a bunch of shit with trump administration…go beg madona or ashley juggs for the money to fix it..someone should have dreeaams of blowing up the damn..#libtardation

  39. Btw…all you mcfkrs cant even complete a correct sentence..must be california schools that taught them incorrect illegal grammer…hope cali sinks in the pacfic soon

  40. As of 8:00 AM Tuesday: They need to bring the water in Lake Oroville down twice as fast as they are to reach their goal of 850 ft by Thursday. See http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/queryF?ORO Right now they are at 888.68, at the current rate they will be at 872.16 by this time Thursday when the next storm starts dumping more precip. Better hope and pray that the precip is snow and stays in the hills.

  41. The good news is this emergency is a huge nail in the coffin for Jerry Brown's presidential run in 2020.

  42. Put the rocks at the parking structure and let the emergency spillway handle most of the water, or your gonna have something fail, they can't keep water going over the main spillway or the main dam is gonna fail, protect that parking lot and lower the flow outta the main spillway or the report after is gonna say that's what you shoulda done, because you can still do something there, please listen. It's the only option you have.

  43. Wouldn't it be interesting to see a comparison about the money spent by cailifornicators on harboring illegal immigrants, crimes committed by illegal immigrants and sanctuary cities and the money spent on damn maintenance?  The people of the state of californication deserve the state government they got.  I have no pity for them.

  44. Now it's starting to come into focus. The evacuation was "The Spanish
    Prisoner" con played on Trump so he would have to rapidly release
    Federal Funds for Jerry's Kids. (Gov. Jerry Brown) I have to give Jerry
    Brown credit for being as slick as any con man in history. And they call
    Trump a con, I'm still laughing.

    If you have never seen the movie "The Spanish Prisoner" with Steve Martin
    in his one and only dramatic movie, you have missed an unsung classic.

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