Checking out what happened after government authorities opened that spillway last week…
March 26 report from Leak Project (who shoot video in person at the site)–
Breaking News & Exclusive Footage, Oroville Spillway, Near Catastrophic Failure.
LINK – http://youtu.be/Yhor5-AP9OQ
29 March New DWR Spillway Footage
LINK – http://youtu.be/55S3RfTRD24
The Mercury News – Lake Oroville rises slowly as spillway flows halted
” . . . As of Tuesday afternoon, Lake Oroville’s surface elevation was just above 837 feet, which is about 64 feet below the lip of the emergency spillway.
Inflow into the lake peaked at nearly 22,000 cfs Tuesday afternoon. With inflows higher than outflows, the lake had risen a little more than a foot in the 24 hours after the spillway was shut off.
The main spillway will be used again once the lake level rises to about 860 feet, officials have said.”
“During the Oroville Dam spillway crisis, the state Department of Water Resources has frequently said the Hyatt Powerplant was releasing flows at maximum capacity, but technically, that’s impossible.
Inside the hydroelectric plant are six turbines, machines that produce power by water flowing through a wheel or motor. And one of those turbines has been out of commission since August 2015.”
Napa Valley Register – Unheeded warnings, past and future – and their big consequences
” . . . During the heavy rains of February, when a crisis caused by a poorly-built spillway at the Oroville Dam drew worldwide headlines, the San Jose neighborhood and areas around it suffered at least $50 million of avoidable damage to private property and about $23 million in public property damage. Some estimates of the total toll come to more than $100 million.
That’s in addition to $22 million in emergency fixes the city and the Santa Clara Valley Water District now propose.”
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