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Breathtaking drone footage of dam’s spillway takes you into the bowels of hell

Never. Swimming. Again.


Phillip Tracy


Posted on Feb 22, 2017   Updated on May 24, 2021, 11:00 pm CDT

The California rain has brought us some stunning images of spillways this month—none more captivating than the damaged wall in Oroville Lake that threatens to flood nearby communities.

But it’s video from a different spillway in California that has gotten a lot of attention over the past few days. 

Drone footage uploaded last week shows the bell-mouth “Glory Hole” spillway in Lake Berryessa overflowing for the first time in 10 years. The images are mesmerizing. 

California has been hit hard with rain over the past few weeks, which has brought water levels in lakes to extreme highs and forced spillways to wake them from their dormant state. This particular bell-mouth-shaped spillway sends 48,400 cubic feet of water per second down to the Putah Creek below.

H/T Sploid

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*First Published: Feb 22, 2017, 12:46 pm CST