On the edge of disaster: Full extent of the damage to the Oroville dam is revealed as officials stop the flow on the spillway showing that it is almost completely destroyed

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
By Paul Martin

Authorities stopped flow to the spillway after Oroville Lake water levels dropped, starting clean-up process
It revealed gaping hole and entire edge missing from the spillway, which takes water down from top of dam
Huge piles of grey rubble lie at the bottom of the spillway, which barges and excavators are now removing
Comes after nearly 200,000 people were evacuated from homes when the waterway broke earlier this month

28 February 2017

The true extent of the damage to the crumbling Oroville Dam spillway was revealed this week as authorities shut off the water flow and exposed the gaping hole left by the erosion.

Authorities this week started the huge clean-up process, with tons of rubble needing to be removed from the bottom of the spillway in order to get the Hyatt hydro-electric power plant back in operation.

Up to a million cubic yards of debris from the crumbling, concrete chute that takes water down from the top of the dam will need to be removed by barges and excavators over the next seven days.

The damage to the water chute means that the water is not flowing fast enough to clear any of the rubble from the plunge pool at the bottom.

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