|Oroville Dam Spillway, when I was young.|
Today the news is flooded with reports of the failure of the spillway and the emergency overflow which had never been used since she was constructed. Let's look at something for many are pointing a finger of who to blame for this disaster. In retrospect to creation, the Earth was created in 6 days, on the 7th day the creator rested. On the 8th day, he got complainants. On the 9th day, he created maintenance! I created this theory for I've been involved in field service and preventive maintenance is a must. But like anything the customer holds off because of budget restraints.
|Oroville Dam Spillway running with damage.|
In 2006, a senior civil engineer sent a memo to his managers stating, "“The emergency spillway meets FERC’s engineering guidelines for an emergency spillway,” and that “The guidelines specify that during a rare flood event, it is acceptable for the emergency spillway to sustain significant damage." The spillway cracked in 2013. A Senior Civil Engineer with the Department of Water Resources was interviewed by the Sacramento Bee and explained, “It’s common for spillways to develop a void because of the drainage systems under them” and “There were some patches needed and so we made repairs and everything checked out.” In July 2015, the state Division of Safety of Dams inspected the dam visually "from some distance." (end Wikipedia)
|Resent photo taking today 2/13/17 showing erosion damage.|
|Oroville Dam 2014 drought.|
Oroville Dam or do you say Damn!
|Oroville Dam emergency overflow!|
|Major erosion on underline of emergency overflow.|
Main Spillway after Heavy Rains