Oroville Dam Spillway Failure

Discussion in 'In The News' started by boonhauler, Feb 10, 2017.

  1. boonhauler

    boonhauler Overbuilt from the Ground Up

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    Cee
    I've been following this Oroville Dam Spillway story since Tuesday morning.

    Sometime Tuesday morning while releasing 60,000 cubic feet per second the spillway at Oroville Dam had a failure (basically a huge pothole) in floor of the structure about a third of the way down the spillway.

    Here's a clip from Tuesday


    and the source article
    http://fox40.com/2017/02/07/photo-shows-damage-along-lake-oroville-dam-spillway/


    Needless to say things have deteriorated here's more, this is going to be a huge mess when it's all said and done.

    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017...-Dam-spillway-with-gaping-hole/3681486741412/

     
  2. Andy

    Andy Wheelie for Safety

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    Andy
    Glad it's not the dam that is failing.
     
  3. Racenut

    Racenut Well-Known Member

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    Shayne
  4. Racenut

    Racenut Well-Known Member

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    Shayne
    Remember when Lake Oroville was the "Poster Child Lake" of the drought?
    south-fork-oroville-feb-09.jpg
     
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  5. John

    John Well-Known Member

    Going to be an expensive thing to fix, but they have no choice but to flow the water. I read their model shows they need to go back to 55-60kcfs or its likely the overflow spillway will be getting wet. They are concerned enough they've been clearing debris for a couple hundred yards at the overflow spillway- ain't no valve on that, its water simply coming over the edge. I assume nothing much will get fixed until they can stop the flow- summer- then rip out what's left of the spillway, redo the bedrock and repave (no small project). No way around it- concrete companies are lining up already I'd bet. As long as they have sufficient capacity to handle melting snow at that time, expensive problem solved...
     
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  6. boonhauler

    boonhauler Overbuilt from the Ground Up

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  7. boonhauler

    boonhauler Overbuilt from the Ground Up

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    Aerial view ......

     
  8. ChuckFinley

    ChuckFinley Comfortably Inert

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  9. boonhauler

    boonhauler Overbuilt from the Ground Up

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  10. gino831

    gino831 Well-Known Member

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    Gene

    Yeah, since there were years of drought, there was no reason to budget money of maintenance of the infrastructure. Much cheaper to fix things after they fail......................................:runaway
     
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  11. afmoto

    afmoto ...

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    Alex
    Spending money on infrastructure doesn't get many votes for politicians. So what gets the votes? Spending money on UCLA "researchers" to tell us that Californians prefer going to the beach instead of Fresno and that beachfront properties are more expensive than properties in Fresno!

    You couldn't make this up if you tried:

    www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/06/some-californians-cant-afford-to-go-to-the-beach-and-lawmakers-want-to-change-that/amp/?client=safari
     
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  12. gino831

    gino831 Well-Known Member

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    Truth is ALWAYS stranger than fiction.

    As useful as that study that the federal government paid for back in the 80's. It was only $250,000 but that was serious money back then. The study 'discovered' that most injuries in bathtubs are caused by slips and falls. Further, most could be avoided by using nonskid mats and handrails. The genus is so blinding.
     
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  13. buellistic

    buellistic Well-Known Member

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    Dan
  14. John

    John Well-Known Member

    Methinks the demolition portion will be easy- most of it will already be done.
     
  15. buellistic

    buellistic Well-Known Member

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    Dan
    Yup
    They had problems before 2015
    And just put it aside.
     
  16. ChuckFinley

    ChuckFinley Comfortably Inert

    This shot gives some scale to the initial hole before it expanded.

    16508717_10155187237888081_5518041302971655804_n.jpg

    16508366_10210067486657893_4135697751806041883_n (1).jpg

    This shot was taken in 2013. Let the conspiracy theories begin:

    16508579_1212016275513733_1512733581637597118_n.jpg
     
  17. boonhauler

    boonhauler Overbuilt from the Ground Up

    Location:
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    Cee
    Wow, that's a good pic of the damage. I'll bet they'll just release more water here than let the lake overflow though the emergency spillway.

    Why create more damage, the damage is all ready done.
     
  18. JeffKoch

    JeffKoch Well-Known Member

    Whoa, pretty soon there won't be a spillway there, just a new canyon on the side, and huge amounts of mud downstream.
     
  19. momagna

    momagna BLM EPA SUCK

    Listen to each days video... These guys say one thing then change it to another and fall back on a thrid thing. Exp... The inspect the spillway weekly,,,then once per year (more likely) and then every month so which is it?

    Yesterday it was said the lake would not go over now it might and yet another source said it is going TO go over. Sometimes the same guy says five differnet things

    https://www.facebook.com/dee.murphy.948/posts/10211662159406906


    Hole is not over 80 feet deep (mid afternoon), the CDF has been cutting trees that should have never been allowed to grow on the emergency spillway (have not heard of environmentalists (for once) complaining about those trees being cut).

    The truth is they can barely let water out fast enough and this is not the only spillway damaged and of course all should have been repaired in the drought.
     
  20. plantguy

    plantguy Well-Known Member

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    Los Gatos
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    David
    Thats way worse than bad.... BLM manages that lake? Heads should roll, but they will more than likely receive full benefits and early retirement. DT
     
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