Oroville Dam Crisis

I’ve written about the tremendous rain and subsequent flooding in northern California, and specifically about the damage to the spillway at the Oroville Dam, the erosion caused by the first-ever use of the emergency spillway, and the evacuation orders for some 118,00 residents near and south of the dam.

The damage to the dam and downstream are still the stuff of much discussion and concern, especially as we await the eventual melting of the 180% of normal snow pack in the Sierras. Emma O’Neill, John Blanchard and Kurtis Alexander of the San Francisco Chronicle present a detailed account of events as they unfolded. This is a must read if you have any interest in California, the amazing but now inadequate century old California water system, and what we all face as climate change ravages our planet.

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