Headline of the day II: Come hell or high water


In California, where we’ve lived these last five decades, it’s one extreme or another. . .as in epic drought, or this, via the London Daily Mail:

‘A hazardous situation is developing’: More than 162,000 residents near America’s tallest dam are told to leave as water continues to burst through an eroded spillway – prompting fears of massive floods

  • Residents in Butte, Sutter and Yuba counties in Northern California are under mandatory evacuation orders
  • Authorities fear the collapse of the emergency spillway at Lake Oroville Dam
  • Releases through the dam’s main, heavily damaged spillway have increased to 100,000 cubic feet per second in a frantic effort to drain Lake Oroville below 
  • Oroville lake depths are decreasing rapidly
  • Water should stop flowing over the emergency spillway in several hours
  • This doesn’t mean the dam won’t collapse from severe erosion
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