I mean, everyone is talking about it. The Oroville dam. So of course almost every conversation turns in that direction. But, one guy I talked to today said the following: We are next.
And it's the kind of thing that you laugh about and think - oh - you are so crazy. And then you stop short for a second kinda frozen inside with your eyes wide open. You see, we have a reservoir in our city. You kinda have to drive out of town to get to it, but the city sits on the backside. When I posted the pictures of that huge tree coming down it just so happened that the person who owns the house right next to where it came down works in the park. As I was taking pictures the owners were out in front, so I yelled - what did that sound like coming down? And this sparked a conversation. She said she worked in the park and that they'd closed it because it was completely flooded. At the time she said she thought it would be closed for two weeks.
So, the first thing I asked this guy today was - is that park back open yet.? And he's like no. The parking lots are still flooded. It's going on close to three weeks now. He goes on to say that a few days ago someone hiked in and posted pictures and his "fishing rock" is still under 10 feet of water.
Now I don't think our dam could be compromised, but the earth is so saturated right now. I've never seen anything like it. And I grew up here. Even I'm surprised at how long the seepage keeps going and the draining isn't.
Maybe nothing happens, but April showers bring May flowers. Right? Really for California, this is time adjusted to March and April.
The next little period will be interesting. Shasta is like 7 feet from the brim and one of the other ones is like 5 feet from full. And I don't even know if any of these reservoirs have ever been completely full! All I know is there is really NO place for the water to go now.