Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

When the levee breaks

Breach contained, but an evacuation order still in effect

Crews worked Monday to fill the gap on a compromised levee near Manteca. San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services. CAPITAL PUBLIC RADIO

CPR

Modesto Bee & Capital Public Radio

A breach in a levee in central San Joaquin County was contained in about five hours and the flash flood warning in the area has been downgraded to a flood watch, according to authorities. Near Manteca, an evacuation order remains in place this morning. Monday's levee break prompted an evacuation order for about 500 people living in mainly ranch and farmlands.

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Disturbing deficiencies seen in dam safety efforts

San Francisco Chronicle

The 50-year-old Oroville Dam’s apparent fragility took many by surprise, prompting calls for more robust inspections, maintenance and emergency planning at all of California’s 1,585 dams. Despite those concerns, a Chronicle review of federal data found disturbing deficiencies in California’s dam-safety efforts.

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Dams still in line for funds over cheaper options

San Francisco Chronicle

Despite the spectacular near failure of Oroville Dam, a linchpin of California’s vast plumbing system, Congress and the state remain focused on building new dams and repairing existing ones. But they are giving short shrift to cheaper, more environmentally benign alternatives for water storage.

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