Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Oroville Dam Update

OK, you've seen the spillway on TV. I have to say that when it works correctly it's an amazing sight.

The water level will be down below the emergency auxiliary section in about 5 days. Then they can get some more repairs made. In the mean time they are still letting 100,000cfs out of the spillway even though it's damaged at the bottom. The aren't seeing any more major damage in that area.

As far as us being safe, here is the info I sent Mel this morning:

We're a long way from Oroville Dam (maybe 4 or 5 hour drive). If we had a dam problem it would come from the Hydroelectric dams on the Mokelumne River. There are two, one up Electra road (where Yuki and I fished late last year) and one further up the river at a place called Tiger Creek. Both are in good shape and owned by Pacific Gas & Electric so well maintained. No worries there. We've had some flooding in the area, but where our house is, and even though we are across the street from the drainage creek, it's been minimal. When I say minimal, what I mean is that we had a couple inches of water (from the rain) build up in the back yard until our drains could take it out to the street.  No big deal.

To respond to the comments.

Bill Trussel's son Jason is no longer in Marysville (I'm glad for that) so he's safe. 

We're not done yet Howard. Starting Thursday the rain will begin again and last through Thursday the following week. That's as far as Channel 10's forecast goes and based on the little icon, Thursday isn't the last day.

And the boots, cheap. $13.00 at Tractor supply.

Thanks for worrying about us out here. The song says "It never rains in California". Even though they are talking about Southern California where is certainly doesn't rain very much, and they really aren't talking about rain at all, trust me it does rain in California. Only problem is that it usually comes in massive amounts when it does. I'll just throw out a couple dates for you. 1986 rained so hard the American River was bank to bank and they considered blowing up an earthen dam (dike 8) and flooding Rancho Cordova to relieve the pressure on Folsom Dam. Then there was January 1997. Same thing, water, water everywhere, and of course 2016 & 2017.

We'll get through it and boy will there be some awesome stream fishing this summer.

Stay tuned. 


  1. Thanks, Mark, got the update in my email and seen the post, too! Hope you do get some solid stream fishing in this year to go along with the lakes being full....

  2. Thank you for the update Mark. I've never seen anything like what I've seen on the news. I hope this story has a happy ending.

  3. For those of us who still have to get to an office, it's been an adventure. A spontaneous lake covering the highway I usually take to the office is requiring an 11-mile detour...not fun. But yes, it should be great fishing long into the fall. Eastside here I come.

  4. Mark
    Really feel for the people living below the Oroville, hope the heavy rains whole off.

  5. What a crazy winter for all of us. Our snowpack is over 200% of normal. Haha. So, they are already releasing water into the rivers to beat the runoff that could be a problem. Glad you are on dry ground.