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Here is the spillway of the Oroville Dam with the broken section. The emergency overflow spillway is to its left, and the main dam to its right.

The spillway releases about 100,000 cubic feet of water per second, that’s about 748,000 gallons per second.

For comparison, the American side (left) of Niagara Falls has a flow of about 150,000 gallons per second, and the Canadian Horseshoe falls (right) have another 600,000 gallons per second.


This means that the Oroville spillway has about the capacity of Niagara Falls in total.

How’s that for perspective.

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Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls [click to enlarge]

Flying out of Buffalo the morning of July 5th, I had a great, clear view of Niagara Falls from the plane.

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