“THIS IS NOT A DRILL”: Spillway at tallest US dam in California about to collapse, immediate evacuation ordered

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Thousands of people have been fleeing California towns below the overflowing Oroville Dam after fears of an imminent collapse of its emergency spillway prompted an evacuation order. Authorities are seeking to stem the breach with the help of helicopters.

“Immediate evacuation from the low levels of Oroville and areas downstream is ordered. This is NOT A Drill. This is NOT A Drill. This in NOT A Drill,” says the statement posted on the Butte County Sheriff’s Facebook page.

The statement refers to the Lake Oroville Dam, located 105 km (65 miles) north of Sacramento.

The dam’s spillway was “predicted to fail within the next hour,” the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) said at around 4:30pm PST Sunday (00:30 GMT Monday).

“DO NOT TRAVEL NORTH TOWARD OROVILLE,” the Yuba County Office of Emergency Services said on Facebook, urging evacuees to travel safely in all other directions and help the elderly.

Thousands of people from Yuba County and Sutter County have been filmed being evacuated from local towns and communities, with vehicles creating long traffic jams.

DWR issued a statement, saying that there is no danger that the dam itself will collapse, as the incident had affected only an emergency spillway.

“Oroville Dam itself is sound and is a separate structure from the auxiliary spillway,” the statement read.

The emergency is the first time in the 48-year-old dam’s history that an uncontrolled spillway is being used, local NBC affiliate KCRA-TV reported.

Heavy rains and snow that struck California this winter have resulted in the dam’s reservoir being filled up to the point of overspill. On Thursday, the works to release water from the dam began after chunks of concrete from the spillway were discovered in the channel below.

On Friday, only 7 feet (2 meters) were left until the dam was to reach its full capacity.

The DWR has been using the emergency spillway instead of the damaged one to release the water.

Meanwhile, a series of statements from the DWR included a seemingly bizarre plan to fill in the widening gorge in the spillway by dropping rocks from helicopters.

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  • DioTheLastinLine

    For Sale:
    Used dam. Needs some tlc. Make offer.

  • Mike

    maybe it will clean out some illegal invaders and brain dead liberals and regressives.

    • David E

      Unfortunately probably not. Like in the rest of the country, the libtards are concentrated in the cities. Rural California tends to vote conservative.

  • Nailbanger

    Wonder how much federal money they will ask for from “not their president”?
    I feel for the farmers and other long time residents downstream,,,

  • none

    First, they built a dam.
    Second, they built thousands of homes directly in front of it.
    Third, no earthquakes could ever damage the dam.

  • Cynical Old Bastard

    At the risk of sounding heartless I say no warning should have been given. Anybody stupid enough to live below a dam probably should not pass on their genetic material.

    Woman: “Oh, Honey! Look at the pretty house! I love it! Buy it for me!”

    Man to female realtor: “Is that a Dam I see right there?”

    Both females: “Don’t worry about it. The government built it so it must be safe.”

    Anybody stupid enough to live below a dam in earthquake country should be put on scrap ships, towed far out to sea, and be made to re-enact the Lusitania… with zero lifeboats. Whole families. All of ’em. Feed that defective genetic material to the fish and crabs.

  • Cinderella Man

    Well shit…

  • It is not Paranoia

    The last video on the page – where the hell is this guy standing filming it?? It looks like the water is coming at him, but it’s not.
    I wouldn’t stand there ever!!