Feb 132017
 

So some would look at the forecast and say, this isn’t bad. Looks like 2 days of rain and 2 other days of sorta rain.

Problem one. Oroville is basically at sea level and will be drier than the mountains above it.

Problem two. Look at the temperature. A friend with training in Meteorology pointed this out to me. The temp of the first rainstorm is 61 degrees. That is quite warm.

The consequences of a warm storm mean early snow melting and thus will put even more pressure on the beleaguered Oroville Dam.

We will get a better idea of just how much rain we are looking at in the lowlands in a couple of days.

That said, let’s take a look at Quincy, which is at about 4000 feet at the top of the Feather River (dammed by Lake Oroville).

Here is a snapshot of the forecast around Quincy.

You should take note that the temperatures drop through to Sunday. This means that snow will re-appear by Sunday in the high country.

It would seem to me that the pressure will re-occur on the dam Late Friday to early Saturday as the main part of the early warm rain on Thursday will hit then.

All this said – keep asking the correct questions. What did the State of CA know and when? Why wasn’t maintenance done?

Feb 132017
 

Well, isn’t that special. The state about a day before 250K-ish people were evacuated said everything is ok.

In the meantime, they were evacuating the precious salmon (whose endangered status has been abused by Enviros and the Courts to hamstring infrastructure construction for years) starting 4 days ago.

The cover story is that because the main spillway of the dam broke and the auxiliary spillway was going to be used, all the silt and debris would kill the fish. It seems to me that those in charge knew more than they let on to anyone.

12 years ago Enviro Groups sued to have the Auxiliary spillway covered with Concrete. The suit / request was ignored because the Los Angeles water district and the State of CA did not want to pay the bill. Whoops.

Now, the earthen Auxiliary spillway is compromised and the severe erosion is preventing its’ use.

The main spillway has a 300 foot gash in it due to the failure of the concrete a few weeks ago. They are finally just unloading water at a huge rate down that spillway regardless of the damage. Oroville Dam is huge, and it is the tallest dam in America. It was built in 1968 and appears to have had little, if any maintenance done, explaining the breech of the main spillway.

There are pictures around from 2013 with maintenance crews working on the affected area of the main spillway. What did they know? Why didn’t they do more? Did they relax because of the drought of 2014-2016?

Environmental Groups are doing exactly what I predicted on my Facebook yesterday – on Queue, they are writing articles about how we need to “Re-Think” flood control. AKA, get rid of dams.

Given the absolutely insane way the state responded to the drought, by building no infrastructure, no plans to build any infrastructure and just insane demagogic water conservative edicts, you would expect that the discussion is going to turn to “Dams are Bad”.

I am also not expecting the Republican Leadership to push for investment or investigations. The pattern has been acquiescence and letting the party in charge cover everything up.  I hope I am proven wrong.

I do expect, however that Assemblymember James Gallagher (who lives in the evacuation zone) will indeed be loud about this issue. I am sure the state media will ignore him.

Lest you think that the Dam is out of the woods – think again, Part 2 coming up in a bit.

Jerry Brown to Local Government: UP Yours

 Darrell Steinberg, Jerry Brown, Local Government  Comments Off on Jerry Brown to Local Government: UP Yours
Oct 022011
 

I would like to thank the Whitman for Governor Campaign for making this disaster scenario possible. While Whitman is installed at HP – Jerry Brown is finishing off California, doing the bidding of his union masters.

Many local governments were recognizing that Project Labor Agreements were breaking the banks of local budgets. A PLA is when a government project is basically reserved for a Union shop only. (There are exceptions where a non-union shop can get the contract – but they are very narrow)

The bill? SB922 by Darrell Steinberg, the number one whore of the Labor Unions.

Steinberg has been on fire this year screwing local government in favor of labor unions – leave us not forget what he did to school districts, basically preventing them from firing teachers to balance their budgets?

Click Here to read about that bill – Teacher’s Union to California’s Students, UP YOURS.