Oroville spillway crisis exposes absurdity of Jerry Brown’s push for Delta Tunnels

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A day after state officials ordered the evacuation of over 188,000 people from Butte, Yuba and Sutter Counties on February 12, members of the newly-formed Delta Caucus of the California Legislature issued a statement regarding the “hazardous situation” at Oroville Dam after … Continued

Trump administration approves Governor Brown’s disaster relief requests

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Just hours after the Butte County Sheriff reduced the immediate evacuation order of Oroville region residents to an evacuation warning, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today approved both recent gubernatorial requests for federal assistance – one to support the … Continued

Evacuations ordered for areas around Lake Oroville, Freeway jammed with evacuees

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  The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) just issued this updated statement regarding the expected failure of the auxiliary spillway at Oroville Dam in Butte County. The agency noted that “Oroville Dam itself is sound and is a separate … Continued

Lake Oroville surges over emergency spillway for first time in history

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  Water from Lake Oroville flowed over the emergency spillway at Oroville Dam for the first time in the reservoir’s 48-year history after the water level exceeded 901 feet in elevation shortly after 8 a.m. today. The water slowly began … Continued

Breaking News: Lake Oroville Releases Increase As Inflow to Reservoir Declines

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I just received this update on the Oroville Dam spillway hole from the Department of Water Resources: SACRAMENTO – While there is still a chance the emergency spillway at Lake Oroville may be used this weekend, reservoir operators say that … Continued

State officials increase releases into eroded Oroville Dam spillway to 35,000 cfs!

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As the cavity in the Oroville Dam spillway continued to erode, California Department of Water Resources (DWR) staff today ramped up flows down the concrete spillway to 35,000 cubic feet per second after conferring with state and federal dam safety … Continued

Giant cavity opens in Oroville Dam spillway as Jerry Brown focuses on Delta Tunnels

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A 250-foot long cavity opened in the Oroville Dam spillway yesterday as approximately 55,000 cubic feet per second was being released from Lake Oroville into the Feather River downstream. DWR shut the spillway to investigate the rupture on February 7. … Continued

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