by Pamela Williams
I am not trying to scare anyone, but honestly you must consider all angles in this breaking news situation on the Orville Dam. This is only one viewpoint from a local Sheriff, but if you are near the Orville Dam you should at least weigh the story against your situation.
The water levels of the Oroville Dam have dropped, somewhat. However, many officials fear that if the decision had to be made, the people could not be evacuated in time. Among those who expressed this specific doubt is Butte County Sheriff, Kory Honea.’
“Communities immediately downstream of California’s Lake Oroville dam would not receive adequate warning or time for evacuations if the 770-foot-tall dam itself — rather than its spillways — were to abruptly fail, the state water agency that operates the nation’s tallest dam repeatedly advised federal regulators a half-decade ago.
Regulators at the time recommended that state officials implement more public-warning systems, carry out annual public education campaigns and work to improve early detection of any problems at the dam.
Six years later, state and local officials have adopted some of the recommendations, including automated warnings via reverse 911 calls to residents. But local officials say the state hasn’t tackled other steps that could improve residents’ response, such as providing routine community briefings and improving escape routes?
The catastrophic scenario of a sudden breach at California’s second-largest water reservoir, outlined between 2010 and 2012 in online archives of federal dam regulators, is a different and far graver situation than the concern that prompted sudden evacuation orders Sunday for 188,000 downstream residents. Operators of the nearly half-century-old dam in California’s Sierra Nevada foothills became worried that the water cascading from the reservoir after a series of winter storms could roar uncontrolled down a rapidly eroding emergency spillway toward towns downstream.”
If this is not a potentially catastrophic situation, then I have never seen one. IF there is even a chance the dam could fail, the people should be evacuated in the same manner that the Butte County Sheriff tried to do.
Local radio personality, Paul Preston, issued the following statement:
“The shortfalls in organization as well as infrastructure to quickly get residents out were on full display in the chaotic hours after the evacuation order. Residents found themselves caught in traffic jams for hours on clogged roads, leading some families to abandon their cars. While many local officials and ordinary people rushed to help direct traffic and staff emergency shelters, evacuees also reported seeing fistfights on gridlocked roads.
In an email Thursday, state water agency spokesman Ed Wilson said that despite the repeated back-and-forth correspondence between state and federal officials about reducing detection and response times in a sudden dam failure, the scenario was “hypothetical” and “not how dams typically fail in real life.”
Asked Friday whether residents immediately downstream would have time and warning to get out if the dam itself failed, Sheriff Kory Honea in Butte County, where Lake Oroville is located, answered, “it’s a very, very daunting challenge.”
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Livermore Police Department
4 hrs ·
Due to excessive rainfall, the following areas in Livermore are experiencing heavy flooding and should be avoided:
*S. Livermore Ave./Concannon Blvd.
*Concannon Blvd./Arroyo Rd.
ROADWAYS & PUBLIC AREAS:
*SR-84 (Isabel Ave.)/Concannon Blvd.
*Collier Canyon Rd./Portola Ave.
*Collier Canyon Rd./N. Canyons Pkwy
*Collier Canyon Rd./Stone Peak Common
*2575 Collier Canyon Rd. (Parking lot under water, business flooded)
*Junction Ave./Old First St.
*Rhododendron Dr. from Springtown Blvd. to Golf Dr. (underwater)
*Palomino Rd./Pinto St.
*Shetland Rd./Palomino Rd. (underwater)
*Dalton Ave./N. Vasco Rd.
*Greenville Rd./Marathon Dr.
*Greenville Rd./Patterson Pass Rd.
*Tesla Rd. from Greenville Rd. to Buena Vista
*Arroyo Rd./Robertson Park
*Concannon Blvd./Wente St.
*Entrance to Holdner Park (Sink hole)
*39 E. Vineyard Ave. (Chevron Gas Station)
*1700 block of Creek Dr. – (Bike path about to collapse)
**NORTH CANYONS PKWY (PORTOLA AVE.) IS CLOSED FROM INDEPENDANCE DR. TO SR-84 (ISABEL AVE.): ALTERNATE ROUTE FOR RESIDENTS IN THAT AREA….TAKE ISABEL AVE. TO HELIGAN LANE**
**AIRWAY BLVD. FROM SR-84 (ISABEL AVE.) TO I-580; W/B I-580 ON-RAMP CLOSED AT ISABEL AVE.
***SAND BAGS ARE AVAILABLE AT LPFD STATION 6 (4550 EAST AVE.), LPFD STATION 8 (5750 SCENIC AVE. – 6 BAG LIMIT) AND AT THE CITY OF LIVERMORE CORPORATION YARD (3500 ROBERTSON PARK RD. – ACCESSIBLE VIA ARROYO RD.) ***BRING YOUR OWN SHOVEL***
If you have additional hazardous flooding to report and don’t see it above, please contact the Livermore Police Department Dispatch Center at (925)371-4987.
Please do not attempt to drive through flooded areas. Just six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars; this depth can cause loss of control or possible stalling as water is sucked into the exhaust or washes into the air intake.
**This post is being updated as new information comes in. Please check back periodically for most current information.**
No…Livermore is in the Bay Area, South Bay to be exact…very far from Oroville.
New Pictures Posted!
I just watched this video….this is unbelievable….