Feb. 12th, 2017

kevin_standlee: (Rolling Stone)
It was a mostly uneventful trip from Fernley to Fremont today, although I wasn't expecting an hour delay at the Nevada-California state line as a long line of vehicles inched their way through the area was where one of the mudslides was being cleared.

I stopped in Sacramento and visited my sister for 30 minutes. Not much change to report there. I gave her some Aero chocolate bars that Lisa had given me for Kelli.

When I got to Fremont, I saw the news that the emergency spillway at Oroville Dam was in danger of failing and that downstream areas, which includes where lots of my relatives live, were under threat. I called my mother, who lives in the Yuba County foothills and is not in the flood zone. I tried to explain that reports that the dam itself had failed were untrue,  albeit that the actual situation is not great. Clearly many people don't understand the difference and assume that if the emergency spillway fails, all the water in the lake drains out. As one person on Twitter helpfully explained,  there's a difference between 30 feet of water and more than 800 feet of water draining from the lake. We haven't heard from my nephew, but he lives in Sutter, and that is high ground. Even if the entire lake were to drain, Sutter stays dry, albeit it temporarily becomes an island.

I'm writing this entry on my phone, which is harder than a regular keyboard,  so more updates will have to wait

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