Storms Close Roads, Parks, Trails; Rivers & Reservoirs Rise

Parks & Trails Close

Reservoirs Rise

YouTube video (below) shows Lake Oroville dam main spillway exploding with extreme runoff. Authorities temporarily shut down the spillway because of massive erosion but then reopened it to prevent water from overtopping the dam, and for the first time in history had to use the emergency spillway to relieve rising water pressure on the dam. Some 200,000 residents downstream were evacuated as a precaution but now have returned home (see photos below).

ImageLake Oroville dam spillway damaged by extreme runoff

ImageLake Oroville Dam emergency spillway in use for first time in history

ImageCapitola Beach littered with trees and debris washed downstream by creeks and rivers

ImageInterstate 80, Sierra Nevada

ImageHighway 35 (Skyline) in Santa Cruz Mountains

Image-2Lake Oroville before (above) and after (below) winter storms of 2016-2017
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