Dramatic Aerial Footage Shows What The Oroville Dam Looks Like Now

Tyler Durden's picture

Via Daniel Lang of SHTFPlan.com,

Earlier this month, we all heard the news that the Oroville Dam was damaged, and that thousands of residents living in its shadow would have to be evacuated. Fortunately the dam held, and the residents of Oroville were able to return to their homes. For the most part the story has since faded from the news. However, the damage remains.

When the crisis was at its peak, you may have heard about what specifically went wrong with the dam. The main spillway was damaged when the dam operators attempted to release some water to control the depth of Lake Oroville. Essentially, a crater unexpectedly emerged in the middle of the spillway, and when the water flowed through that hole, it eroded the soil beneath. So the dam operators decided to let the water flow over an emergency spillway instead. But as the emergency spillway began to erode as well, an evacuation order was issued.

But hearing that doesn’t really do it any justice. To really appreciate the magnitude of what occurred that day, you have to see it with your own eyes. And now you can.

On Monday the California Department of Water Resources stopped the flow of water down the spillway so that they could assess the damage. Here’s what they found:

I have a feeling that this isn’t going to be fixed for a long time.

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Megaton Jim's picture

SoCal needs to crash and burn. Then maybe they can start over with some common sense.

PacOps's picture

Oroville is in NorCal FYI.

nuubee's picture

if Oroville is SoCal, then Los Angeles is Mexico.
It might be true.

Mr. Universe's picture

They should all be strung up by the balls. They had a chance to patch this when they first discovered a small hole. What did they do instead? They doubled down and made sure the whole thing would wash away, on purpose. These evil reptiles are now going to shove a 60 billion dollar water project down our throats and the idiot illegal voters will lap it up. I've had enough of this state, only another year to go...

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UnclePhester (not verified) Mr. Universe Mar 1, 2017 12:11 PM

The emergency spillway should have been allowed to collapse first, like it was designed to do.


Another big event with significant with large discharges through the main spillway will most likely erode it back to the dam, causing a catastrophic failure, instead of a much more minor flood resulting from the failure of the emergency spillway.

SWRichmond's picture

That will be abandoned in place and a new spillway constructed.  Take my word for it.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Agreed. The old spillway simply cannot be repaired before the next rainy season.

The old damaged one can still be used while a new one is built. Which will take at least two years unless they approach it like a Manhattan Project and throw everything at it....which they cannot afford to do.

Jim Sampson's picture

Why is that spillway that thin?  I would think the rebar should hold it together better.  Looks not even half-asses, maybe 1/8-assed.

SafelyGraze's picture

scary photo.

it's like all the color got drained out of it.

RAT005's picture

And all of that came after a huge effort to "fix" the spillway a week or so ago.  Remember all of the trucks, helicopters, stone, concrete, etc. and how the union ran the contractors off to control the information.  All of that was the first ~$million wasted chasing the failure of the dam.

Spring snow melt run-off is next.

BuddyEffed's picture

Am suspecting a new spillway would be put where the emergency spillway was/is.   Less of a hole to fill.

Anybody know at what lake level the main spilway is above the water mark, and can't be used at all?

Construction of a new spillway could be interesting.   Original construction was probably done with a much lower lake level, as it would take that lake a long time to fill.   Any construction now would probably be the lake boundary low point during construction so any very high water levels during construction would want to drain right through the new construction.

Suspect they will have to wait until the lake level drops at least 100 to 200 feet before they even think of construction. 

HowdyDoody's picture

Slartibarfast approves of the new spillway.

Bio: Slartibartfast was a Magrathean designer of planets. During the planet's societal height, he constructed the coastlines of continents on planets manufactured by Magrathea; in particular, he specialised in fjords. He won an award for his work on Norway.

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The Saint (not verified) HowdyDoody Mar 1, 2017 4:58 PM

It sounds like Gov. Moonbeam and the State of Cali is in for a ton of lawsuits from downstream property owners.  They should have fixed that damn dam when they had the drought.


bkwaz4's picture

Stop pining for the fjords.

DA originally named the character Phartiphuckborlz in the radio show.  Seems more appropriate for this lot.

NoDebt's picture

Fill the ditch with all those unsold cars sitting in inventory, repour the spillway with Obama's lies (never going to run out of them) and cement it all together with some of Maxine Waters' stupidity (also something we'll never run out of).

That should hold it for a while.

(Side note:  Google "Maxine Waters Meme", select Images.  There are some very salty, very funny people in the world with too much time on their hands.)

drendebe10's picture

Cheese n fukn rice.  That old bag is uglier than the wookie 

californiagirl's picture

"All of that was the first ~$million wasted chasing the failure of the dam."

Yes.  all that material they dumped with helicopters to "fix" the dam, is that big pile of concrete and rock sludge you see down in the river.  It is now another thing that will costs millions to remove.

Man-Bear-Pig's picture

It was the emergency spillway that they were (temporarily) repairing, not this one. The video above is of the main spillway.

Here is video of the emergency spillway and repairs...


BeansMcGreens's picture

If you look carefully by that big bush is a wisp of light gray cigarette smoke, thats Rod Serling standing behind it.

pods's picture

I know I should be devastated by that destruction, but to see all that bedrock that was just uncovered I feel a tingle down in the gold vein.

I would love to start crevassing that!  Probably some pretty nugs down deep in those cracks!  NorCal is one place I would love to get out and prospect.


pods's picture

Nice. Of course, I could be digging it up in my own backyard, but years ago I found out why you don't see many happy gold miners. That shit is hard work, and with dredges banned almost everywhere, it is easier to work harder and buy it. 
Still mesmerizing when you see it in the pan though.  I still remember when I found my first flake, It was like 11:30 at night and I was panning out a bucket in the kitchen and when I saw it, I went up and woke up the better half.  She said I had crazy eyes!

Fun activity to do with the kids, but unless you have a dredge running, you cannot move enough earth to make it matter.


Midas's picture

"Made in California" just doesn't have the same cachet it used to.

JRobby's picture

Jerry Brown will be handing out ice cream cones and checks to Mexicans when the flood rips through Sacramento.

Croesus's picture


Croesus's Quote of The Day: 

"The Jews don't proselytize, because they are firmly convinced that they will eventually inherit the Earth, and want as few claimants as possible to this windfall." - Samuel Roth 

New_Meat's picture

concrete --> compression

reinforcing steel --> tension (concrete sucks at tension)

concrete sets up full strength > 28 days after cure.  Put too much weight on it before curing and it pulverizes and doesn't support shit.  All kinds of big structures have to take care of this timing or fail when they don't

Bastiat's picture

Gov. Brown will plug the spillway as soon as he plugs the $1.4 bln "accounting error" hole in his budget.

CrimsonAvenger's picture

You guys are overthinking this. It's California: Just put mouse ears on it and call it a ride. Problem solved.

r3phl0x's picture

Also needs a ticket booth to charge $189.95 per person per day.

Slomotrainwreck's picture

His plan is to get every able bodied homeless and unemployed person, give them a pan, and instruct them how to salvage all that runoff gold.

drendebe10's picture

And the $$$ for thwir high speed train.

Stuck on Zero's picture

I think the new spillway that the water carved is far more attractive than that ugly concrete chute. And just a side note, an amateur gold panning friend of man said that the sediments washed away have caused something of a minor gold rush. That is goldrush territory.

pods's picture

If the dam had failed that river would have really moved some gold. But right there in the spillway you can see some great looking bedrock that has to have a ton of gold stuck down into the cracks.


Antifaschistische's picture

why does it even need to be "fixed"....nature gave us a work around.   go with it.

crazytechnician's picture

No rebar to be seen anywhere , I blame the Ruskies !!!

Sudden Debt's picture

maybe they used dental floss?

USisCorrupt's picture

I'm with TRUMP !

Jerry Brown spends 25 BILLION on Illegals while spending nothing on the dams.

So sad.

JRobby's picture

Jerry Brown will be handing out ice cream cones and checks to Mexicans when the flood rips through Sacramento.

chumbawamba's picture

Butte County (for which Oroville is it's seat) and surrounding counties are all red country you entirely unsurprisingly ignorant fuck. Some of the people who live in them might even read your stupid fashion blog.

I am Chumbawamba.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

Yup, my folks are from there. Conservative  and big fans of Marty Robbins.

JRobby's picture

Fuck The Daily Westerner

Jag off site promoted by a jag off

PrometeyBezkrilov's picture

Are you Trying to tell us that if she wore some king of rags on her for this event the Oroville dam would fix itself after it has been neglated ever since it was built?

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