the Oroville dam
Oroville dam emergency demonstrates how incompetent bureaucrats are marching California into catastrophic collapse at every level.
The Oroville dam in central California is on the verge of failing, and an emergency order issued by the Butte County Sheriff’s Department ordered an evacuation yesterday. The order affected at least 188,000 people, and when they all tried to evacuate at the same time, something happened that should alarm anyone living in a high population density area: The traffic jammed up the highways for hours, proving that people living below the dam’s massive wall — it’s the tallest dam in America — have no practical means of escape in an emergency. “The erosion at the head of the emergency spillway threatens to undermine the concrete weir and allow large, uncontrolled releases of water from Lake Oroville,” reports a local CBS News affiliate.
But another large storm is in the forecast, and it could dump tens of millions of gallons of additional water into the reservoir held back by the dam. “A new storm system forecast for later this week put water officials on a race against time,” reports the LA Times. “The biggest concern was that a hillside that keeps water in Lake Oroville — California’s second largest reservoir — would suddenly crumble Sunday afternoon, threatening the lives of thousands of people by flooding communities downstream.”
“More than a decade ago, federal and state officials and some of California’s largest water agencies rejected concerns that the massive earthen spillway at Oroville Dam — at risk of collapse Sunday night and prompting the evacuation of 185,000 people — could erode during heavy winter rains and cause a catastrophe,” reports the Mercury News.
[…N]ow they’ve resorted to incredibly stupid acts of theater to try to impress upon the public that they’re doing something after 12 years of doing nothing. […] They’re dropping bags of rocks via helicopters. The gestures is nothing more than pure theater. You can’t stop a massive wall of earth from eroding by dropping large bags of rocks into the holes when the water keeps coming down. Every gallon of water will continue to eat away at the wall… the bags are a joke. What you are witnessing is disaster theater at work… another form of “fake news” from the government itself. (They have to at least appear to be doing something, after all, or the liberal voters will lose faith in the incompetent government that’s screwing them all…)
Is it any wonder that California’s infrastructure is crumbling right before our eyes? The California government — and most of its people — have been living in a state of insane delusion for so long that sooner or later the denials have to collapse into reality. To me, the Oroville dam is a powerful metaphor for the entire state of Collapsifornia, a bankrupt welfare state run by incompetent idiots who are too interested in political correctness to address the real problems that threaten everyone’s future survival.