A Ruth Lake Dam Failure
The Lost Coast Outpost has a timely article on what might happen if the dam at Ruth Lake failed due to some catastrophic event. I was wondering about that same thing myself with the events transpiring at the dam at Oroville and hundreds of thousands of people downriver evacuating.
I suppose it's not an instant worry as it would supposedly take four hours for the wall of water to get to Maple Creek, but how would people be warned? Some might hear of it on radio while others would rely on word of mouth. Four hours seems like an adequate time, but is it? Wouldn't it be best to have some sort of siren system set up for such an event?
I know most might not consider the expense worth it. I'm not sure I even do. Reports are that early concerns over the Oroville dam were downplayed. At the same time, it looks like most people were alerted and able to at least begin evacuation. I have to wonder how well word of mouth and radio will work to alert those in the flood zone should we end up with a worst case scenario with the R.W.Matthews Dam at Ruth Lake?