Almost 200,000 people have evacuated from several Northern California counties after damage to spillways at the Oroville Dam. I have spoken to several people that I know within the area which are impacted from the dam, and these people feel they need to leave right now.
1. In addition to the 30 foot wall of water, a 10 foot wall of water would engulf the entire valley below the dam in only a few minutes.2. Where Paul lives, in Yuba City, the expected wall of water would be rampaging at a high rate of speed and maintain a depth of 10 feet.3. Further downstream, lies Sacramento. Sacramento has a population of about 2 million people in the region. Further upstream in the Oroville area, authorities are having great trouble evacuating 200,000 people. How long would it take to evacuate 2 million? The rampaging wall of water that would hit Sacramento would be at least 5 feet high.4. A warm, wet storm is expected on Wednesday. This will melt the snow and increase the pressure on the dam from snow melt and absolutely lead to a breach in the dam. THIS MEANS THAT SACRAMENTO HAS TWO DAYS TO EVACUATE 2 MILLION PEOPLE!!! WHERE IS GOVERNOR BROWN? AS OF 1AM MONDAY MORNING, BROWN HAD NOT ADDRESSED THE DAM SITUATION, SPECIFICALLY. HE HAD ONLY APPLIED FOR FEDERAL MONEY FOR RAIN DAMAGE AND THIS IS ACCORDING KCRH CHANNEL 3 IN THE AREA. PAUL PRESTON TOLD ME THE SAME AND THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE HAS NOT RESPONDED TO THE CRISIS EXCEPT TO SEND IN THE NATIONAL GUARD TO OROVILLE WHERE THERE IS REPORTED FIGHTING IN THE STREETS OVER LOOTING.
The purpose of the Oroville Dam is to provide flood control service for the region and this region extend to Sacramento which is located about 75 miles to the south. If the dam breaks, the water wall that will hit Sacramento will be a rapidly moving wall of water that will be about five feet high. Can you imagine the extreme loss of life. I spoke with three different people since 10pm Mountain on Sunday night and they estimate the loss of life, without immediate evacuations could be as high as a million people. A million people, I have heard the figure more than once.
Given the status of the dam, depleted, this was a completely predictable event and the fact that a general order to evacuate is totally irresponsible. Some I have spoken with believe that Brown wants the disaster for political reasons that I will discuss in a follow up article as I will be conducting an interview with Paul Preston later in the early evening on Monday, February 13th.
California, your state government is corrupt and inept. Many feel that Gov. Brown is exploiting this situation for political gain. You cannot trust your local and state authorities to ensure that you can exit the area if need be. If I were in Sacramento, I would leave today, Monday morning. Do not wait for the authorities to make a decision. They need to drop the water levels by an estimated 50 feet to save one of the two spillways. That is not likely to happen with a new storm coming in on Wednesday. I have a question for you Sacremento. Look at your rush hour traffic and multiple it by a factor 0f 100. If it took 5 hours and the local areas above you, and they are not, as of yet, fully evacuated, how long would it take to evacuate your city with a rushing wall water coming at you? And remember, you can only evacuate in one direction.
President Trump is powerless to help because he has to be invited in. And Jerry Brown is displaying no sense of urgency.
Sacramento, you are on your own.
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