“This is not a drill. Repeat, this is NOT a drill!” The urgent message sent out by the National Weather Service on Sunday sent more than 180,000 people fleeing
from a possible uncontrolled flood of water from Lake Oroville in Northern California.
After five years of drought, this has been one of the wettest winters on record for the region. Cumulative precipitation was 226 percent above average. The water levels behind the Oroville Dam reached dangerous heights, and the primary spillway was damaged by erosion. So, for the first time in the dam’s 49-year history, the emergency spillway was used, but it also became damaged.
Spillway erosion is dangerous because it begins to wash away the foundation of the earth, which helps hold back the waters of the dam. Though officials say the dam itself won’t fail, if the spillway problem is not quickly addressed, it could send a 30-foot wall of water down into the valley. That’s why residents are throwing belongings into their vehicles and racing out of town, especially as another storm system is expected this weekend.
The Bible tells of another emergency flood order—a disaster alert—given by a man named Noah. Unfortunately, when this preacher warned the world of a coming flood of water, they scoffed at him. All refused to evacuate with Noah and his family into the safety of the ark. When the destructive floods came, it destroyed all living things.
Jesus said, “As the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:37). No, floodwaters will never again destroy the earth, but Scriptures tell us the earth will be devastated at the second coming of Christ (see 2 Peter 3:10). An emergency alert is once more sounding throughout the world. A crisis is at hand and many lives will be lost. Will you listen and be ready?
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