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If Oroville Dam failed, residents likely would not be advised in time

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

The Failure of a Dam in California Is Warning About the Grid

David Grantham, What in the world does the frightening news about the Oroville Dam in California have to do with America’s electric grid? Answer: the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The California state government is scrambling to address the failing dam after heavy rains have damaged the main concrete spillway and water is now pouring

At least 188,000 urged to evacuate as concerns over California dam increase

At least 188,000 people were asked to evacuate their homes in Northern California after authorities warned an emergency spillway in the country’s tallest dam was in danger of failing Sunday and unleashing uncontrolled flood waters on towns below. Lake Oroville, about 150 miles northeast of San Francisco, is one of the state’s largest man-made lakes,