The Army Corps of Engineers reports the dam protecting much of Orange County from catastrophic flooding urgently needs shoring up.
Prado Dam controls surges along the Santa Ana River. It protects 29 downstream communities housing nearly one-and-a-half million people. The dam sits along the 91 freeway where Orange and Riverside Counties meet.
As the LA Times reports, the Army Corps announced this week Prado Dam risk characterization has been raised from moderately urgent to high urgency. What does that mean?
Lillian Doherty, division chief of the operations division at the Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District
Martin McCann, adjunct professor, civil and environmental engineering and director of the National Performance of Dams Program at Stanford University