What Local Officials Across the Country Can Learn from the Oroville Dam Crisis

by Timothy L. McCarty, Trident Public Risk Solutions / reprinted with permission from PropertyCasualty360.com

tim-mccarthy-headshotThanks to emergency preparedness and quick action by local and state officials, it appears that the Oroville Dam crisis has been averted, but communities across the country should consider this incident a wake-up call. The Sacramento Bee reports that the flood-control manual for the Oroville Dam hadn’t been updated in nearly half a century and applied obsolete weather models. Experts say that structural failures were responsible for the crisis; however, this outdated document indicates that maintaining the dam likely wasn’t the biggest priority for local officials in Oroville. And they’re not alone. (Visit PropertyCasualty360.com to read more. Registration is required).

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