(N.Morgan) In the last couple of weeks all eyes have been riveted on Oroville Dam, but now attention is shifting south to Morgan Hill and Anderson Reservoir.
Anderson Reservoir is rapidly filling up, and is over its recommended capacity. The reservoir is only supposed to be at 68 percent capacity, but it is at 100.04% capacity.
Water is being released at 400 cubic feet per second, and onto the spillway.
Already officials from Santa Clara Valley Water District have been dumping water as fast as they can from the reservoir, but it simply isn’t enough to offset the water streaming in from all the rain we’ve seen this winter.
That outlet has been fully open since January 9th, releasing water into Coyote Creek at the rate of 400 cubic feet per second.
The concern is over the dam’s seismic safety.
The danger would lie in the possibility of a magnitude 7.25 quake on the nearby Calaveras fault.
The water district tells KTVU that while the possibility may be remote, the water district is aware of the serious nature of the situation.
That is why they’re working so hard to dump water as quickly as possible.
The California Department of Water Resources suspended overflow from the Oroville Dam after gushing water ripped open a sinkhole in the middle of the spillway.
Engineers assessed the options and opened up a secondary emergency spillway which by Saturday morning was at maximum capacity.
This is a live webcam provided by California Department of Parks and Recreation.
The purpose of this live stream is to provide the public with a place to gather to discuss and share information in the chat.
The purpose of this live stream is to provide the public with a place to gather to discuss events and share information.
As of 5pm Monday San Francisco had passed the yearly aveage for rainfall. Heavy Rains and Winds Blasting California and Oregon. Flood Waters are Rising as Dam Levels Rise.