air commando wrote:daaswampman wrote:It will be interesting to hear the whole story. After all it is California and they go nuts over endangered minnows or birds nobody has seen in fifty years!
I think the area in question is mostly of earthen construction and has experienced years of extreme drought. What happens when a dried out foundation is suddenly saturated??? Will these mysteries ever end??? Swamp
Exactly what I was thinking, it’s the same thing you see every time you have a place in desert that gets a ton of water. It can’t be absorbed into the ground quickly enough so you see mudslides and flash flooding. I don’t know if this will put them back in drought conditions if they lose all of this water but I’m sure it will.
Something to be said for nature doing what she wants.
Even without a failure, this will have a huge impact on California. Oroville Dam is an earthfill embankment dam. It is also fifty years old and built with the technology of the day!
They will be forced to lower water levels for inspections and repairs. That could be difficult until after the Spring Run Off.
But what the hell – if you were good living below a pile of gravel 770 foot high and holding an ocean, what’s a leak or two? Swamp
Statistics: Posted by daaswampman — Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:30 pm