The alignment of the dam Oroville
What is happening now accident on the Oroville dam in Northern California for me personally, there is nothing unexpected.
Still about eight or nine years ago, I did extensive analytical report based on the review of publications in the American media and other open data on the topic of the General deterioration of American infrastructure. And even then, it was all very sad.
Since then the situation has only worsened. However, let's order.
A large part known to us today, the American infrastructure was built during the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt – dams, bridges, a power plant and power lines, a substantial part of the Railways and almost all of the interstate highway system and highways.
Then, during the great Depression, with chronic unemployment forced several million semi-slaves, consisting in "labour armies" and worked just for the food (most of them do not receive any money for their work, only meager soup), created the basis of modern prosperity of the United States. Heavy hard work. The death toll on these construction sites in the US are still classified (possibly, trump finally reveal this mystery), but a number of researchers, based on the available statistical data, believes that this figure significantly exceeds half a million people.
Dams, bridges and roads created by the state, which attracted nearly free labor of desperate to find people's work. And then was transferred to the ownership of private companies.
It is anticipated that the use of roads and bridges will charge you, and the money the operating company will carry out repairs and upgrades. But this is capitalism! What the capitalist wants to invest, if you can just remove?
Therefore, the vast majority of infrastructure in the United States passed a major overhaul since its creation – that is, many objects since the thirties, that is 70-80 years. Cosmetic repair, that is, to plaster, to paint and to make beautiful banners is please. But with capital, requires significant investments, almost all outright trouble.
This still need to add a us "high quality standards". It is in the USSR, dams and bridges could be build with a margin of safety of 1000%. But in the capitalist United States, the margin of safety expected in the best case of 30-40%, and often below. After all, the more reliable the structure is more material (and often more expensive), more work, and that means expensive. The capitalist tries to save on everything. Even on security.
The Oroville dam (Oroville Dam) were built after Roosevelt. Construction was started in 1961 and completed in 1968. But almost fifty years, no one thought to fix. As a result, in the words of one of Ukrainian presidents "May those scho Maemo" (we have what we Have).
Moreover, to help you understand all the coolness of engineering of its creators, a few years after construction, in 1975, the dam has been induced earthquake of magnitude 5.7 points, caused by the miscalculations of the team of architects and developers who are unable to calculate the load on the ground from such a huge construction (still the highest dam in the United States, 230 meters in height).
Well, finally to complete the picture, in 2005, three different independent expert groups have provided the state and Federal government reports on the need for urgent (emergency) replacement excavation drainage concrete, as well as the strengthening of some parts of the dam with additional masonry. Nobody cares.
The us government twelve (sic!) years was too busy to spoil other countries, starting with Libya and ending with Russia, and on the internal Affairs they didn't care. The result is poor Californians several times almost burned down the forest fires, and now, you see, still drown.
And now, it is absolutely natural and predictable, old, never repaired for 50 years, the dam threatens to wash away homes, more than 200 thousand people. If you are lucky and they have time to evacuate, without inhabitants.
But most importantly, it is not an isolated case and not the exception. Infrastructure in poor condition throughout the United States (you only pictures of their railroads and rolling stock look, it's natural of the nineteenth century!). And like today in California, tomorrow it could be anywhere.