Nahum 1:8 But with an overflowing flood He will make a complete end of the adversaries, and will pursue his enemies into darkness.
Nahum 2:6 The gates of the rivers are opened and the palace is dissolved.
The waters of the Tigris River forming Lake Dahuk appear to have a date with destiny and prophecies written by Nahum approximately 2,700 years ago. The Mosul Dam is the second largest dam in the Middle East. It is located approximately 35 miles north of ancient Nineveh or modern day Mosul, Iraq. The dam was the brainchild of Saddam Hussein back in 1981. He originally named the dam after himself, the Saddam Dam. One problem, the dam was built on water soluble gypsum.
The Italian company Trevi has been working on repairs of the Mosul Dam for the past 6 months. ISIS took control of the dam in 2014 and did not complete the necessary continuous repairs which are due to foundation issues and design flaws. The concern is a Mosul Dam collapse and a trillion gallon wave of water unleashed on Mosul and ultimately Baghdad.
The current state of the Mosul Dam has many perspectives. First there is the Iraqi government. The Iraqis are taking a victory lap.
“There remains no danger to the dam now. It is with overwhelming happiness to announce that it is going back to normal operation.” -Hassan Janabi, Iraq Minister of Water Resources.
Second is the perspective of Trevi, the company performing the repairs on the Mosul Dam. They state the dam is no longer shows signs of significant stress. All five dam gates are now working for the first time in 12 years. But, water levels are at their highest since 2005.
Carlo Crippa, Trevi project manager indicated further repairs on the Mosul Dam will need to be continuous.
“The rocks of the foundations are prone to dissolution due to the circulation of water.” – Carlo Crippa, Trevi project manager
Then there is the opinion of Azzam Alwash, an Iraqi-American civil engineer. He assisted with the repair project. Azzam Alwash made the following statement.
“There is always a chance that water is going to migrate. 24 sinkholes remain in the dam’s reservoir, making it vulnerable to pressure from water flows. This is a dam tantamount to a nuclear bomb. Are you going to take the risk of keeping your family in a place where it can sink under as much as 15 meters (approximately 45 feet) of water in a matter of hours? I’m not.” -Azzam Alwash
Last there is Nadhir al-Ansari, professor of water resources and environmental engineering at Lulea University in Sweden. His outlook is not rosy either.
“There is no guarantee the dam will ever be safe. Studies done on the dam all show that its collapse is imminent. The (Iraqi) minister may say it’s safe because Iraq is already past the flooding season, which peaks in April and ends in May. You will have the same problem every year in April.”
“The grouting solution by the Italian company is only a temporary measure for emergency fixes. When they block a cavity in one place, it appears in another place. This is something that can’t be stopped. … The only solution is to build another (dam) close to it.” – Nadhir al-Ansari, Lulea University in Sweden
We know what Scripture says on the issue…
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