This Oroville Dam thing... can't anyone in the Press get it right?
I saw something this morning, maybe from the WaPo, about environmental groups having Warned Of The Danger. Except that they'd been warning that the emergency spillway wasn't a proper spillway, not that the main spillway needed repairs. (The main spillway was a known problem, too, from years back, but apparently the Powers in Sacramento hadn't considered it worth dealing with, even to the extent of assessing the extent of the problem.) The article want on to pin the crisis on a gaping hole in the emergency spillway... no. Not at all. The gaping hole is in the properly-constructed, but ill-maintained, main spillway. Restricting outflow to avoid further damage to the main spillway led to the water level rising to the point it started leaving via the emergency spillway.
And I keep reading about someone having made the decision to activate the emergency spillway, or about the emergency spillway being automatically activated. Hello? It's totally passive. The water in the lake rises to the level of the top of the weir, and it just spills over the top. But I guess we can't expect reporters to understand the operation of basic things like water levels, and water running over the edge of an over-filled container.
Any day now, we'll see the lack of maintenance blamed on Donald J. Beeblebrox. Because obviously.