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Duck Gets Swallowed Up at Calif. Spillway

The hole drops straight down 200 feet and sends water through an 8-foot wide pipe

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    Duck Gets Sucked Into Lake Berryessa Glory Hole

    All that rain pelting down in the North Bay is good news for local lakes and reservoirs, but for one little duck, not so much. It’s raining so hard in Napa County, this poor little duck got sucked 200 feet into the Lake Berryessa 'Glory Hole.' Video credit: Chuck Fowler, Rick Fowler, Tori Fowler (Published Wednesday, March 6, 2019)

    All that rain pelting down in the North Bay is good news for local lakes and reservoirs, but for one little duck, not so much.

    Chuck Fowler was near the Monticello Dam at Lake Berryessa, located 70 miles north of San Francisco, when he spotted a duck getting sucked almost 200 feet into its famous "Glory Hole."

    Fowler’s niece Tori Junes Fowler posted the video on her Facebook page where it went viral. Her caption read: "Duck took a wild ride but did make it out on the other side!" However, nobody knows if it actually made it to the other side.

    Fowler, who lives near the Monticello Dam Spillway — also known as the Morning Glory Spillway — said that when the dam reaches capacity, the spillway swallows water at an enormous rate. It drops straight down 200 feet and sends water through an 8-foot wide pipe.

    “The glory hole only goes over once the lake reaches a certain point,” she said. “The dam was already releasing water but we still got so much rain, the hole went over. This doesn’t happen often, but when it does, people flock to see it. I grew up here and love seeing it.”

    Brionna Ruff, spokesperson for the Bureau of Reclamation, told KCRA there’s no way to tell if the duck made it.

    "From what I understand that water is going down really fast and when things come out the other side...I don't want to get really graphic," Ruff said.

    According to Ruff, the distance of the fall — about 18 stories — combined with the intense pressure of the water — would have killed the duck. "The chances do not look good for the ducky."

    In 1997, a UC Davis student drowned and died after being pulled into the hole while swimming.