When was the Oroville Dam completed?
The Oroville Dam is located north of Sacramento and south of Chico, California, along the Feather River, and it’s the tallest dam in the U.S.
While a marvel of engineering, the dam has not been without its troubles. Before construction was finished a flood at the end of 1964 nearly overtopped the structure. Not long after, a head-on collision between two worksite trains in a tunnel near the dam would occur. More recently, at the start at 2017, heavy rains caused the Oroville Dam’s spillways to break, forcing more than 180,000 people to evacuate. Source: The Atlantic, CNN, The Mercury News
Oroville Dam is an earthfill embankment dam on the Feather River east of the city of Oroville, California, in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of the Sacramento Valley.