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#283748 - 02/13/17 09:04 PM Oroville Dam
MartinFocazio Offline

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Registered: 01/21/03
Posts: 2148
Loc: Bucks County PA
Watch this one.

This is - absolutely a "SHTF" situation.
"Go" time for reals.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/13/us/oroville-dam-california-spillway.html

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#283750 - 02/13/17 09:36 PM Re: Oroville Dam [Re: MartinFocazio]
Teslinhiker Offline
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Registered: 12/14/09
Posts: 1311
Originally Posted By: MartinFocazio
Watch this one.

This is - absolutely a "SHTF" situation.
"Go" time for reals.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/13/us/oroville-dam-california-spillway.html



Already a thread on this dam here:
http://forums.equipped.org/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=283745#Post283745
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#283751 - 02/13/17 09:36 PM Re: Oroville Dam [Re: MartinFocazio]
Mark_R Offline
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Registered: 05/29/10
Posts: 841
Loc: Southern California
I've been following this one. If they can get the spillway stabilized prior to Wednesday's predicated rain, it might have a happy ending. Otherwise, I would hate to be holding a flood insurance policy for any property near the Feather River.

This is one of those situation where being able to evac in 2 minutes isn't just a precaution, but a full blown necessity
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#283757 - 02/13/17 10:13 PM Re: Oroville Dam [Re: Teslinhiker]
MartinFocazio Offline

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Derp. OK

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#283766 - 02/14/17 06:37 PM Re: Oroville Dam [Re: MartinFocazio]
wildman800 Offline
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Registered: 11/09/06
Posts: 2800
Loc: La-USA
If this dam or Shasta Dam or Lake Isabel Dam goes, the effects will harshly ripple across the entire USA, in my opinion. I'm speaking economically, politically, and demographically as so many people will be displaced/dispersed.
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#283771 - 02/15/17 02:02 AM Re: Oroville Dam [Re: MartinFocazio]
AKSAR Offline
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Registered: 08/31/11
Posts: 1045
Loc: Alaska
More things to worry about at Oroville Dam:

Oroville Dam is also at seismic risk

Also, apparently they were warned years ago about the inadequacies of the "Emergency Spillway".

The government was warned that the Oroville Dam emergency spillway was unsafe. It didnít listen.
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#283801 - 02/18/17 03:54 PM Re: Oroville Dam [Re: MartinFocazio]
wildman800 Offline
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Registered: 11/09/06
Posts: 2800
Loc: La-USA
How's the rainfall situation in California??
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#283804 - 02/18/17 07:53 PM Re: Oroville Dam [Re: wildman800]
hikermor Offline
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Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 5963
Loc: southern Cal
I would normally have driven about seventy miles, and I am so glad I didn't. Freeway was clogged with debris, rivers were flooding, lots of wind, big surf. Good day to stay home. Storm has passed to the east and we are drying out.
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#283805 - 02/18/17 08:16 PM Re: Oroville Dam [Re: hikermor]
Russ Offline
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Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 4576
Loc: SOCAL
Ditto. More rain went toward Hikermor than here but we received our share. Lots of wind and trees were knocked down. Fortunately, we haven't heard more bad news from Oroville.

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#283840 - 02/21/17 11:37 PM Re: Oroville Dam [Re: MartinFocazio]
Mark_R Offline
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Registered: 05/29/10
Posts: 841
Loc: Southern California
All told, the rain wasn't that bad. It was heavy, but I don't think it got above 1/2" per hour. The wind on the other hand was doing ~30 mph and gusting. I had to stay off the freeways as I was getting shoved around enough on surface streets by it.

The only real problem was there a bunch of storm wrack left by the wind, and the glare from the wet asphalt made it difficult to see until you were almost on top of it. I didn't take any damage, but I could hear the skid plate scraping over the taller debris.
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