Aerial photo released by the California Department of Water Resources, showing the damaged spillway with eroded hillside in Oroville
New reports have surfaced revealing that the Oroville Dam spillway was built on a rushed schedule on weathered rock that could easily crumble.
The spillway recently made news when it began ripping away under unusually heavy rain and snowmelt. Some 188,000 people had only hours to escape.
This sort of engineering mistake is similar to what happened in the 1980s when the US Army Corps of Engineers was behind schedule in building protective hurricane levees in New Orleans.
Register today for our New & Better Levee Breach Bike Tour!
WHEN: Sat, April 22, 2017
TIME: 9:30 to 11 a.m.
WHERE: Tour departs from City Park
NOTE: You must provide your own bike.
The 90-minute guided tour is a healthy way to find out more about the worst civil engineering disaster in U.S. history.