California’s Oroville Dam, known as the country’s tallest dam, is also well-known for having been in dire need of repair for many years and is now on the verge of collapse.
However, when millions of dollars were appropriated in 2009 under President Obama to fix a California dam, the money instead went towards fixing another dam.
According to a report in The Washington Free Beacon, more than $22 million in taxpayers’ stimulus funds went into California’s Folsom Dam, which was not in need of repair.
“The dam is in good shape but is starting to show its age,” said a Bureau of Reclamation spokesperson at the time.
Other projects in the state that received stimulus funding included a $2.2 million project to beautify sidewalks and a $2.5 million project encouraging a community at the University of California, Davis, campus to do more walking and biking.
In all this, the Oroville Dam was passed over.
Issues arose with the dam in 1997 when it came very close to overflowing; and in 2005, several environmental groups tried to force the federal government to reinforce the structure’s emergency spillway, which has since been destroyed by overflow waters.
Close to 200,000 residents who live north of Sacramento have been evacuated in recent days in preparation for the dam, itself, possibly collapsing. A collapse would result in a 30-foot wall of water flooding the properties in its wake.
California Gov. Jerry Brown has asked President Trump for approximately $200 million for flood clean-up. Trump approved FEMA funding for the disaster on Tuesday evening, it is reported.
It’s estimated more than $200 million will be needed to repair the emergency spillway.
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