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Oroville Dam Bulkhead Fails

Publication Date: 7/29/2009
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California Dept. of Water Resources investigators are trying to discover why a steel bulkhead failed on July 22 during routine hydraulic tests at Oroville Dam. Five workers were injured when a 6-ft-tall, 10-ft-wide nonstructural steel wall in a diversion tunnel at the dam’s powerplant collapsed during a routine annual hydraulic-valves test.

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