California water officials are working overtime to reinforce Oroville Dams severely damaged spillway, as ten inches of rain is expected to hit the area over the next week. While the crisis at Oroville Lake has received much of the attention over the last week, experts warn that areas throughout northern California are in danger of flooding and many of the area’s dams and levees face disasters similar to what’s going on at the Oroville Dam.
Seasonal storms are putting a huge strain on the system, and with large amounts of water being released into rivers throughout the northern California’s network of dams, rivers, and levees there is growing concern that the state’s ageing infrastructure could fail under the increased pressure.
The largest threat right now is to the Central Valley at the base of the Sierra Nevada.
Sixteen reservoirs were above 90% full as of Wednesday morning, and with four storm systems forecasted to hit the area in the coming days several levees and river systems are at risk.
California water officials, hoping to prevent the problems we are seeing at Oroville dam from popping up at other dams throughout the state, have begun releasing huge amounts of water from the area’s reservoirs. But those releases, on top of the coming surge of rainwater, could further strain the hundreds of miles of levees that have gone largely neglected and uninspected over the last decade.
So what caused this, and what can we learn from the current crisis?
While this isn’t going to be a popular opinion to some, it can really only be blamed on two things; incompetent politicians and the scam known as Global Warming.
Here you have a state that for the last five years has blamed so-called “global warning” or “climate change” for their drought conditions, ignoring hundreds of years of actual scientific data that shows California routinely goes through these periods of drought, followed by intense seasons of rain and flooding. Instead of using the last couple of years of drought season to inspect and fix the state’s failing dams and levees, politicians in the state pretended that it would never rain again in California because of Climate Change.
The idiocy of these policies is just mind-numbing.
The very reason that most of these artificial reservoirs even exist is because of California’s natural drought cycles. Many of these dams and levees are over 50 years old, and a many of the state’s levees are nothing more than mounds of river mud constructed in the 1800s.
Despite what politicians may want you to believe, these waterworks projects weren’t built because of global warming; they were constructed because the state and city planners of those times understood the history of the area and didn’t fall for hysterics and propaganda. They were built because the area has wildly fluctuating seasons of drought and storm.
But even now, during the crisis, fake news publications like the New York Times are publishing articles blaming this crisis in Oroville on Global warming, saying that “After five years of record-setting drought, much of California is being pummeled by an extremely wet winter.”
Record Setting? Give me a break!
None of this is record setting, and it sure shouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone who looked at the last couple hundred years of data.
The state of California on average experiences these droughts every 10-15 years, followed by seasons filled with large amounts of rain and flooding. According to Scientists, who look beyond the global warming hysteria, the latest drought, which is now coming to an end, is nothing compared to the State’s long history of mega-droughts.
In fact, back in the1800’s the Sacramento Valley was considered a barren wasteland. It was largely written off as useless desert land, until a 43-day storm pounded the area, submerging Sacramento under 10-feet of water. The State legislator at the time actually moved to San Francisco for six-months because Sacramento could be navigated only by canoe. Two years later in 1864, another drought hit the area.
This is the climate of California, not a global climate crisis.
Back in 2014, Mercury News reported:
California’s current drought is being billed as the driest period in the state’s recorded rainfall history. But scientists who study the West’s long-term climate patterns say the state has been parched for much longer stretches before that 163-year historical period began.
Through studies of tree rings, sediment and other natural evidence, researchers have documented multiple droughts in California that lasted 10 or 20 years in a row during the past 1,000 years — compared to the mere three-year duration of the current dry spell. The two most severe megadroughts make the Dust Bowl of the 1930s look tame: a 240-year-long drought that started in 850 and, 50 years after the conclusion of that one, another that stretched at least 180 years.
“We continue to run California as if the longest drought we are ever going to encounter is about seven years,” said Scott Stine, a professor of geography and environmental studies at Cal State East Bay. “We’re living in a dream world.”
And therein lies the problem; Useless government Bureaucrats that are living in a dream world!
The state of California has known about the Oroville Dam problems for decades; they’ve also known about the antiquated levees and dams that are at risk of failing during this coming system of storms.
What have they done? Not a damn thing. Instead of fixing actual problems that threaten the lives of the citizens they represent, they spent money on fantasies like climate change, boondoggle projects like the $64 billion bullet train to nowhere, and $25 million a year on illegal aliens.
What this all means for you.
I started this article out by saying this isn’t just an Oroville Dam problem, but it’s also not a problem that’s solely isolated to California. While California rightfully receives a lot of scrutiny and scorn, this is a problem that exists throughout the country – one that we have been talking about for years.
The Association of State Dam Safety Officials estimates there are more than 4,000 U.S. dams that are deficient and in need of repair; even worse, the list includes 2,000 dams that are deemed deficient high-hazard dams. During a 2013 study by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, the government concluded that only 8% of our nation’s levees were in acceptable condition. But even scarier, they admitted that they had no idea where most of the country’s levees were even located and determined there could more than 100,000 miles of levees that have never been inspected.
Those that are known about, aren’t shared with the public because of “national security.”
After 911, the federal government classified inundation maps to prevent terrorists from targeting dams and levees that could cause a significant loss of life. Unfortunately, that means millions of people throughout the country are totally unaware of the potential hazards that lie just upstream from their homes.
To find out if you live in an inundation zone, you are going to have to do your own research:
Study local topographic maps to find out if you are in one of these dam failure inundation zones.
Pull up your area on Google Earth. Make sure you look for things like local levees and dams, which could become a problem in the future if they fail.
Contact your state’s dam safety agency, and talk to local emergency management officials about potential dangers.
Preparing for Disasters Caused by our Failing Infrastructure
This is something I wrote about extensively in my book, The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide: Self-Reliance Strategies for a Dangerous World. When it comes to preparedness, far too many so-called survival websites focus on events that have little chance of happening and ignore the real-world dangers in their own communities.
You need to be prepared for localized disasters!
SHTF isn’t an Event: Everyone has their own SHTF Moment: It’s important to really think about what you’re actually preparing for. Take the time to study the threats that are most likely to affect you based on your location.
Perform a Survival SWOT Analysis: One of the best ways to determine your overall level of Preparedness is to perform a Survival SWOT Analysis. This exercise can help you find your Strengths and Weaknesses and will help you identify Opportunities that you can exploit, and Threats that you might need to avoid during a crisis.
Be Prepared to Bug Out and HAVE A PLAN: As witnessed during the Oroville evacuation, and hundreds of evacuations in the past, you need to have a plan of action and you need to be ready to leave before the government issues an evacuation notice.