Lake Oroville Spillway Failure

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  1. fnull

    fnull Senior Refuge Member

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    Could be an epic catastrophe. I was watching the flows today and was trying to figure out why the flows suddenly dropped off and couldn't believe the images that were coming out shortly after. At the inflow of 120k CFS, the lake will fill in just a couple of days and then..?? Good luck to the engineers and crews trying to fix this mess...

    http://www.krcrtv.com/news/local/bu...lle-dam-spillway-slowed-due-to-hole/317257996
     
  2. gulicemo

    gulicemo Elite Refuge Member

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    Just saw the photo... WOW...
     
  3. callinfowl

    callinfowl Kalifornia Forum

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    A few loads of gravel purple rebar and some structural grade concrete and some trench plates drilled into place over the hole and they're good to go for 50 more years.
     
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    pumpgunner Elite Refuge Member

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    No duct tape?
     
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  5. lugnut

    lugnut Elite Refuge Member

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    ...it`s all ball bearings nowadays.
     
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  6. bojingles

    bojingles Elite Refuge Member

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    i don't see this as being that big of a deal from a catastrophe standpoint. Worst case scenario they have to re-open the gates before it gets fixed and it further erodes the spillway and costs more to fix in the long run. If you think about it, water flows down hill, so whether or not there is a hole in the middle of the spillway or not, water will find its way to the river, especially given the rate the releases will need to be 50K plus, its not like that spillway really contains the flow all that well anyhow.
     
  7. DuckFan

    DuckFan Elite Refuge Member

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    Dang.... that made me laugh

    :l
     
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    Brottboss Elite Refuge Member

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    In classic govt fashion don't we have to drain the lake to repair the problem?
     
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  9. fnull

    fnull Senior Refuge Member

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    At the current rate of 120k cfs of inflow they have 63 hours to fix before the water flows uncontrollablly over the spillway. Can they let that much water out through the hydroelectric section? I really don't know and would be interested in some comment from someone who knows.
     
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    Captain Jim Elite Refuge Member

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    I read elsewhere that they can release 5k through the hydro plant but thats it...not sure if there are other ways to release.
     
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