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    Who lives below the Oroville Dam?

    Marian and I have been watching the news all evening on the Oroville Dam over flow. Our prayers are with you.
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    I don't know if anyone from the forum that is below the dam damn. Gerry, Mr.Gizmo should be safe in Paradise, above the damn. Let's hope for the best.

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    I was just going to make this same thread after getting up and seeing the news. I hope everyone is ok!
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    Should we blame this on the DAM Inspectors or the DAMN Inspectors? I get the part where they have had torrential rains over the last couple months but where the hell were the people who are supposed to be keeping their eyes on this?

    We had one of our hydroelectric dams spring a small leak about 10 years ago. They drained the reservoir down to a small stream so they could repair the leak and shore up the rest. The people who owned lake front property went ballistic for 2 years with their precious lake gone but stuff happens and they had to do what had to be done. The lake is back and better than ever now. Public safety takes a back seat to the home owners who lost their lake fronts for a few years and those around here had absolutely no sympathy for their rantings. Sure it sucked and it also had a devastating effect on the fishery in this deep water reservoir but all these dams, we have 5 along this river, were built some 70 years ago and they all require some maintenance and repairs at this point. This one out in California just seems to me a matter of closing the barn door after the horses escaped. Who dropped the ball?

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    Me and the Mrs rode right through there last October 1st...

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    Its a really pretty, historic area. I'm saying a prayer for all the people who live there.....

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    The way this problem has been handled since the main spillway started to fail has had me hot from to get go. The failure to act immediately is very irresponsible.

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    my cousin lives near sutter buttes and left her home last night for high ground near sacramento... a different take on "snow days" for the kids i guess.

    the emergency spillway had never been used in it's 50+ yr history.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryL View Post
    Should we blame this on the DAM Inspectors or the DAMN Inspectors? I get the part where they have had torrential rains over the last couple months but where the hell were the people who are supposed to be keeping their eyes on this?
    There was (hopefully "was") a water management problem in California. The "California Water Czar", an Obama appointee that lived in Virginia, didn't know what he was doing. I would bet anything he ordered no water to be released last Oct, Nov, Dec, and Jan or until the reservoir was full and of course then it is to late given the heavy rain fall we have had lately. The old water manager was quoted in the San Jose Mercury stating the water shortages of the last few years were do to mismanagement.

    No doubt there will be studies done to see what went wrong and why this happened. Stay tuned. This could be interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joeband View Post
    my cousin lives near sutter buttes and left her home last night for high ground near sacramento... a different take on "snow days" for the kids i guess.

    the emergency spillway had never been used in it's 50+ yr history.
    YUP! It just seems the emergency spillway that has never been used in it's 50 year existence now becomes the emergency when it is needed most. Someone out there has their head stuffed firmly where the sun does not shine and this seems rather typical for these high dollar government officials. You can be absolutely sure there is a crew being paid big bucks to do inspections and they apparently are not doing their jobs or the findings they report go unheeded. Now it is catastrophic. Go Figure.

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    Up until an hour before the evacuation order, they kept saying that there was no danger. I called B.S. right away. Moving water is the most destructive force there is.

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