These Dramatic Photos of the Oroville Dam Crisis Show Why Officials Called for Mass Evacuation

Over 180,000 people in Northern California have been told to leave their homes
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What started as a local California story became national news over the weekend when over 180,000 people were told to evacuate the Oroville area (north of Sacramento) after damage was discovered in two of the Oroville Dam’s spillways. The first hole was found in the main spillway last week. Water began to rise at a dangerous rate, and the emergency spillway was used for the first time in the dam’s history. However, erosion damage was also found in the emergency spillway. The evacuation order is still in effect, and officials are currently describing the scene as “dynamic.”

The Oroville Dam is the tallest dam in the country and is a crucial part of California’s water system. These pictures show just how severe the damages are.

Oroville Dam emergency spillway, that later started to erode, forcing evacuations. You can see the authorities on the far right, as scale markers. We were there yesterday morning. All the normal access points to the Dam were barricaded by rangers. We had passed an area with hundreds of Cal Fire vehicles, so they were rallying the emergency employees. These photos were taken from a rural neighborhood, on top of a hill, that was NW of the Dam. We didn’t find out about the evacuation until after we had returned home. The creeks and rivers we passed over were very full! Let’s hope the next storm is less severe than the last ones. #mextures formula: BIZFQWD . . . . . . #mexturezdelight #formula_sharing_is_caring #tnhusa #rsa_mextures #m3xtures #themexturesway #kcra #cbs13 #visitsacramento #igerssac #pr0ject_uno #saclife #sacmag #jj_forum_1814 #yesweather #downtownsacramento

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“Life in us is like the water in a river.” ― Henry David Thoreau Some of you may have heard that the Oroville Dam, in Northern CA, had nearly reached capacity because of the recent storms. Last week, they discovered that the main spillway had split open and was degrading. Yesterday, they opened the emergency spillway, which has never been used. So instead of photography wildlife, we went out to shoot the water being released from the dam. This photo is of the water released from the emergency spillway. The power of water. #mextures formula: XRWJSFV . . . . . #mexturezdelight #rsa_mextures #m3xtures #sombrescapes #pr0ject_uno #formula_sharing_is_caring #themexturesway #jj_forum_1813 #moody_nature #jj_nature #fingerprintofgod #fiftyshades_of_nature #visitsacramento #igerssac #the_gallery_of_magic #royalsnappingartists #ominous_perfection #shotzdelight #saclife #sacmag #kcra #cbs13 #downtownsacramento

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