Infrastructure has taken the limelight again in Southern California as the Army Corp of Engineers issued a risk assessment of “high urgency of action” on the dam.
If a catastrophic flood were to assail the dam, the amount of water the dam is built to hold would be exceeded resulting in structural failure and the inundation of the nearby cities of Hesperia, Apple Valley, Victorville, and Barstow; all of which neighbor the Mojave River.
The Corp further stressed that water from the dam breaching could travel more than 140 affecting the town of Baker.
This is not the first time that the infrastructure of dams in Southern California has been brought to the attention of the public.
Back in May of 2019 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had reported that another dam in Southern California, The Prado Dam, located in Corona California, was is susceptible to a breach from a“significant flood event” that could affect dozens of cities and people located downstream of the dam, in a catastrophic flood if not attended to and renovated.
To highlight the urgency of such repairs, one need only read about the Orville Dam which threatened 188,000 residents near Oroville California, after a hole in the dam was in danger of flooding the surrounding area in February of 2017.