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A gaping hole continues to grow in the spillway of America's tallest dam - causing massive erosion

On Tuesday, a huge hole formed in the spillway of California's Oroville DamOfficials say the hole will continue to grow until it hits bedrock Right now, the spillway isn't releasing enough water to keep up with the lake's intake So there's a threat that the lake will overflow at some point on Saturday, engaging an emergency spillway that hasn't been used since the dam was opened in 1968If that happens, officials won't be able to control the water flow, and it can cause even more erosion as water sweeps through vegetation on its way down to the river below  

A gaping hole in the spillway for the tallest dam in the United States grew Thursday and California authorities said they expect it will continue eroding as water washes over it but the Oroville Dam and the public are safe.

Earlier this week, chunks of concrete flew off the nearly mile-long spillway, creating a 200-foot-long, 30-foot-deep hole. Engineers don't know what caused the cave-in that is expected to keep growing until it reaches bedrock.

But faced with little choice, the state Department of Water Resources resumed ramping up the outflow from Lake Oroville over the damaged spillway to keep up with all the runoff from torrential rainfall in the Sierra Nevada foothills.



http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4209546/Nations-tallest-dam-Lake-Oroville-damaged-amid-storms.html



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  • mrpops09_CMOD_mrpops09_CMOD_ Chief Moderator
    Wow that first pic does not do that thing justice.....THAT IS MASSIVE 
    Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    Wow that first pic does not do that thing justice.....THAT IS MASSIVE 
    I was about to leave this exact same comment, lol
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  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    Lake Oroville FLOWS OVER its emergency spillway for first time in the history of the nation's tallest dam

    • Water started flowing over an emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam, on Lake Oroville, for the first time Saturday
    • Erosion had damaged the Northern California's main spillway
    • Water began running over the emergency spillway around 8 a.m., according to California's Department of Water Resources
    • It was the first time the emergency spillway has been used in the reservoir's nearly 50-year history 
    • Officials have stressed Oroville Dam is sound and there is no imminent threat to the public 
     

    Water started flowing over an emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam, on Lake Oroville, for the first time Saturday after erosion damaged the Northern California dam's main spillway.

    Officials hoped to avoid using Oroville Dam's emergency spillway, fearing it could cause trees to fall and leave debris cascading into water that rushes through the Feather River, into the Sacramento River and on to the San Francisco Bay. 

    Crews prepared for several days, clearing trees and brush.

    Water began running over the emergency spillway around 8 a.m., according to California's Department of Water Resources. 

    It was the first time the emergency spillway has been used in the reservoir's nearly 50-year history. The dam was finished in 1968, The Sacramento Bee reported.


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4215404/Water-flowing-emergency-spillway-tallest-US-dam.html



    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    Some are getting worried at the structure integrity of this dam. Also, there's another dam, I think not too far away, also experience similar troubles.
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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
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