Oroville Dam Possible Breakage

The Oroville Dam threatens evacuations to thousands of people in Northern California throughout the weekend

The Oroville Dam is an earthfill embankment dam on the Feather River on the east of the city of Oroville California. It is the tallest dam in the United States at 770 feet high where it serves mainly for water supply, hydroelectricity generation and flood control. The dam is capable of storing more than 3.5 million acre-feet of water and contains tunnels to carry water to nearby rivers.

The Oroville reservoir was issued an emergency spillway was predicted by environmentalist more than a decade ago. Throughout last week of February, mass evacuation were issued to help prevent flooding as the reservoir behind the Oroville Dam reached its capacity to which its main spillway was severely damaged.  

Late Sunday, governor Jerry Brown issued an emergency order to evacuate the local residents near the dam for the people’s safety. Brown stated “I’ve been in close contact with emergency personnel managing the situation in Oroville throughout the weekend and it’s clear the circumstances are complex and rapidly changing. I want to thank local and state law enforcement for leading evacuation efforts and doing their part to keep residents safe. The state is directing all necessary personnel and resources to deal with this very serious situation.” The residents in this area were to evacuate and leave their personal items in their homes in order for the to be same. It is unknown when they will be let back into their homes.