200,000 people to evacuate Oroville dam over fear of US’s tallest dam collapse

Published on : Tuesday, February 14, 2017

oroville-damMore than 200,000 California residents are under the threat after being ordered to evacuate their homes following the damaged spillway on the nation’s tallest dam ahead of heavy rain.


There is still no timetable to fix the eroded spillway, which actually helps to control the flow of water at Lake Oroville – about 150 miles (241 km) north of San Francisco. With the water level rise, there is the fear of the spillway collapsing. And eventually could also lead to catastrophic flooding of the nearby town.


The California Department of Water Resources is up against the clock to repair the spillway as the rain approaches later this week. Officials said that as the last resort they might use helicopters to drop rock loads on the spillway to fill the gap.


For the residents and tourists living below the lake, which is the home to largest dam in the US are ordered to evacuate the place latest by Sunday. All 188,000 people still remain under those orders.


The Oroville dam was completed in the 1960s. As the area received significant rainfall in recent weeks, the water level raised, causing DWR officials to drain some water through the spillway for the first time in five decades.


The California National Guard is on notice to deploy its 23,000 soldiers and airmen in case of a disaster.

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