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Eight thousand three hundred and seventy five residents are at risk within the inundation zone. Two hundred thirty critical facilities in the city of Oroville are within the inundation zone, including; Eleven schools, twenty one day care and children service centers, fourteen elder care facilities, twenty six bridges will be lost, the airport, two fire stations, the government administration building, three law enforcement stations, the EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER (brilliant) Two waste water treatment plants, the jail, and the Hospital. (from the City of Oroville local hazard mitigation plan update May, 2013) We are not talking about a river rising, where people have time to evacuate. We are talking about a wall of debris, mud, and water taking out a city, buildings, roads, bridges, life, in a horrible instant.
California Department of Water Resources officials say they expect the
emergency spillway at Oroville Dam to fail in the next 60 minutes, and ...
The emergency spillway suffered erosion and could fail, according to DWR. If that happens, the water behind that barrier will come down the hill and down the river.
originally posted by: TheLotLizard
a reply to: LadyGreenEyes
There is zero chance of a breach in the dam. The spillway isn't even connected to the dam.
In an unprecedented move, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office issued an immediate evacuation order for residents of Oroville, in California, and nearby towns on Sunday afternoon after the development of a hazardous situation on the emergency spillway of the Oroville Dam. According to an L.A. Times report, the National Weather Service had earlier issued a warning saying that the auxiliary spillway at the Oroville Dam could fail by 5:45 p.m. local time and as a result, there could be an “uncontrolled release of flood waters from Lake Oroville.” According to Supervisor Bill Connelly, people who live in downtown Oroville, Thermalito, and Palermo, should immediately evacuate their homes and businesses and move to higher ground elsewhere. Authorities have already set up an evacuation center at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico. Another place for people to huddle together is the RV park belonging to the Elks Lodge in Paradise
The official Facebook page of the Butte County Sheriff’s Department also issued an emergency evacuation order. “This is an evacuation order.Immediate evacuation from the low levels of Oroville and areas downstream is ordered. “A hazardous situation is developing with the Oroville Dam auxiliary spillway. Operation of the auxiliary spillway has lead to severe erosion that could lead to a failure of the structure. Failure of the auxiliary spillway structure will result in an uncontrolled release of flood waters from Lake Oroville. In response to this developing situation, DWR is increasing water releases to 100,000 cubic feet per second. Immediate evacuation from the low levels of Oroville and areas downstream is ordered. “This in NOT A Drill. This in NOT A Drill. This in NOT A Drill.”
The county of Sutter’s office of emergency management also released an official statement through their Facebook page. “We have received information about the potential for increased flows in the Feather River of as much as 100,000 cubic feet per second. We are gathering as much information as possible and will be providing additional information as soon as it is verified.”