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188,000 evacuated, emergency declared as California’s massive Oroville Da

I feel for all those involved, hope the evacuations go smoothly, scary. Massive floods in my area have caused all kinds of destruction in the Feather river watershed, we(Indian valley) were cut off in all directions for days due to mud slides and washouts, sections of road are gone. Now all that water is making it's way down to Oroville dam which would normally be fine were it not for a huge hole suddenly appearing in the spillway.
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As a meteorologist, I can tell you that the next week doesn't appear any better for Oroville Reservoir getting down much below full pool without continuing large releases out the damaged spillway. I wouldn't be surprised if the emergency auxiliary spillway becomes an issue again in the next week, following another surge of subtropical moisture moving over northern California on Wednesday. Add spring runoff to this equation and it's going to be mid-summer before northern California water management isn't a sincere, high-consequence challenge.
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wow. very scary. be safe.


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One of my cousins is stationed at Beale's AFB. He and his wife are taking the adventure in stride.
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My wife and I live in Yuba City, 35 miles south of Oroville and on the Feather River. Our evacuation was "advisory". We were evacuated in 1986 and had a close-call in 1997 with flooding. When we saw the gridlock on the highways when the call to evacuate came, we decided to wait until things died down. (We found out later it took 30 minutes to drive one mile to get to the highway, and then 3 hours to drive 20 miles.) By the time the traffic had eased, it was midnight, so we went to bed. By morning, the TV news showed what was being done to ease the danger, and we stayed home. As it turns out, the evacuations were lifted today with the caution to be ready to evacuate again if things turned for the worse. We are optimistic about the repairs to the emergency spillway. We aren't too worried because studies about a catastrophic event at Oroville Dam show it would take 8 to 9 hours for water to reach us. That seems like plenty of warning time. I think the people who live in the foothills and mountains east of us that have had flooding, washed out roads, and mudslides have had a just as bad a time. Being isolated and cut-off can be just as bad as forced to leave your home. Then there are the rivers at flood stage south of Sacramento that are also causing problems. The crazy thing is we just had 5 years of drought and need all the water to raise the water table and fill our reservoirs. We just didn't need the water replaced so fast. And then I see reports about homes destroyed by tornadoes in Texas and other states, and I feel pretty lucky.
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