Oh now this is wonderful - Oroville

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Need to look into this more but the source is a good one - from American Thinker:

Complete failure at Oroville Dam
The $1.1 billion spent to repair Oroville Dam is failing as water is seeping through the rebuilt spillway threatens new mass evacuations over the risk of the dam collapsing.

According to national dam expert Scott Cahill of Watershed Services of Ohio, Oroville Dam is on the same failure track as in 2017, with visible water seepage trickling from the foot of the dam and dozens of points along the dam's principal spillway.  Cahill warns that warming temperatures magnified by precipitation is a growing threat to the dam.

American Thinker reported on March 1 that the Sierra snow pack was at a record 113 inches, but another 44 inches fell in the next 10 days.  With temperatures spiking this week to 75 degrees in the valleys and 41 degrees in the high mountains, dam inflows are running twice the outflows, and the water levels rose from 800 to 839 feet.

As America's tallest earthen dam with a 770-foot face and 901-foot top of the spillway, the lake behind the Oroville Dam can hold 3.5 million acre-feet of water.  Its viability is a crucial element for the effectiveness of California's system of 1,250 flood-control dams.

Sigh... #CALIFORNIA again. Those guys can't do anything right. The problem is that they did this with our tax dollars. If they had done the repairs with their own money, we could sit back, pop open a beer and laugh at their failed state.

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A good update was posted today with video from a 3/14/19 flight over Lake Oroville and the rebuilt spillway:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eikDEWbK9go

I disagree. I moved back to the Northwest after seven years near Chico CA (our former home escaped the Paradise fire by 300 feet) and have followed the Oroville Dam situation closely. The best coverage on the whole situation is on YouTube by Juan Browne - an airline pilot who moonlights as a reporter with an engineer's attitude. I have little doubt the financials are screwed up because it is in California but The contractor: Kewit, looks to have done a fine job. Check out: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6SYmp3qb3uP2yh1sveH6AKazCUq2sDQn

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