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Bigge is a First Responder During Oroville Dam Crisis

Mar 23 2017

After the evacuations at Oroville Dam,  Bigge Crane and Rigging Co. was a first responder to this state of emergency in Northern California. In order to quickly respond to the emergency, the Bigge Project Manager, Operations Team, and Trucking Superintendent expedited the order, mobilized, and assembled the Liebherr LR1300 crawler crane at Oroville within 48 hours.  In addition, the Bigge crew coordinated with California Highway Patrol, permitting agencies, and pilot cars to transport the oversized barges from the Bay Area to the jobsite . A total of 12 trailers were deployed with the help of local police escorts, and the LR1300 was assembled on-site.

Immediately after assembly, the crane was assigned to lift and set eight 22,000 pound barges into the reservoir, providing stable mooring for the dam recovery boats. The job required a team of four to transport, assemble, and operate the crane. The following day, the crane placed four recovery boats that began debris clean up after the heavy rainstorms had clogged the powerhouse drainage system.

According to CNN journalists Holly Yan, Paul Vercammen and Steve Almasy, the Oroville Dam evacuation came as a result of “a hole developing in an eroded area of the spillway.” You can read the full article on CNN. Bigge is proud of its first response team and the individuals who have been part of the Oroville dam recovery efforts.  

If you are interested in learning more about the fleet of Bigge’s Liebherr LR1300s please visit its dedicated page on Bigge Crane and Rigging Co. offers crane rentals from coast to coast in the United States. If you have a job we have the crane for you. We invite you to inquire more about our rentals by submitting a request at this following link.

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