Storms and Floods

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California, USA – Nearly 200,000 people were ordered to be evacuated as California authorities try to fix America’s tallest dam that could unleash uncontrollable floods if it fails. Civilians were told to get in their cars and leave the area surrounding the Oroville Dam in Northern California because of its damaged spillway. Heavy rainfall meant water in Lake Oroville reached a 50-year high and a gaping chasm in the main spillway disrupted the flow of the water, prompting fears a 30-foot wall of water would be unleashed in flash floods akin to a tsunami. The extra water meant the dam’s emergency spillway was called into action for the first time in half a century. Experts estimated the dam would be breached at 4.45pm yesterday, but dropping huge rocks into the 170-foot by 250-foot hole appears to have relieved the problem temporarily.

Western Australia – Grape growers are facing multimillion-dollar losses after floods inundated vineyards across the Swan Valley today. Hundreds of tonnes of wine and table grapes were wiped out after the Swan River burst its banks, drowning vines and infrastructure.

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