Oroville Dam in Danger of Collapsing

Joshua Chin Lee, VOX Reporter

The main spillway in Oroville California is in a major crisis of collapsing.

During the storms in February, the Oroville dam was being overloaded and pushed to its limits. This dam is over fifty years old and it has not been kept in its best shape. It has been allowed to erode and fall apart. When the erosion was noticed after the storms, over 200,000 residents were evacuated from the city as the hundreds of gallons of water threatened to break through the dam and flood the city. They have been allowing over 100,000 cubic feet of water per second to flow into the main spillway to help release pressure off the dam. The city will have to keep an eye on the dam as more storms are predicted to hit soon.