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Photos (and video) of damaged main spillway at Oroville Dam in Northern California

Heavy California rains have filled the lake behind Oroville Dam. When the flow rate on the main spillway was increased, damage to that spillway was discovered. The water level was then allowed to rise to the level of the emergency auxiliary spillway which had not been used since the dam was built in the 60’s. Now, both spillways are damaged, and massive evacuations were ordered. At this time, the main spillway is being used. All photos from The Sacramento BeeThreat of spillway failure at Oroville Dam prompts evacuation of 188,000 across Northern California

Following are photos of the Oroville Dam main spillway several days ago. The video below gives a better idea of the increasing damage since then.

Photos (and video) of damaged main spillway at Oroville Dam in Northern California

 

Photos (and video) of damaged main spillway at Oroville Dam in Northern California

 

Photos (and video) of damaged main spillway at Oroville Dam in Northern California

 

Photos (and video) of damaged main spillway at Oroville Dam in Northern California


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5 comments

    1. Excellent point! Rebar, is used in residential concrete house slabs, and concrete driveways, plus lots of commercial uses. But not in the concrete spillway of the tallest dam in the country? Curious…

  1. Go back and watch all the videos of the Missouri and Red River flooding. Did any spillways disintegrate? Nope!

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