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The Latest: Officials eye repairs as water level drops
February 13, 2017 The Latest on problems with an emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam (all times local):
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A California water official says no repair work was done Sunday on the eroded emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam. Lake Oroville is about 150 miles northeast of San Francisco, and the 770-foot-tall Oroville Dam is the nation's tallest. Earlier Sunday, authorities mentioned a plan to plug the hole by using helicopters to drop rocks into the crevasse. Acting Director Department of Water Resources Bill Croyle said at a news conference late Sunday that no corrective measures were taken after looking at the flow and available resources. He said officials will be able to assess the damage to the emergency spillway now that the water is no longer spilling over the top. He added that the integrity of the dam has not impacted.

10:30 p.m.

A California water official says 100,000 cubic feet per second continue to flow down the Orville Dam's main spillway. Department of Water Resources Acting Director Bill Croyle said at a news conference late Sunday that the plan is to continue withdrawing that amount of water for as long as possible. Croyle says a key goal is to reduce the dam's level ahead of upcoming storms forecast to reach the area Wednesday. Water levels at Lake Orville rose so high that an emergency spillway was used Saturday for the first time in almost 50 years. Officials noticed erosion on the emergency spillway on Sunday. Croyle says officials have been unable to access the erosion scar but will be able to analyze the damage better now that water is below its level.

10:15 p.m.

Authorities say there is no more water going over the emergency spillway at a Northern California dam. Officials put out an evacuation order Sunday afternoon saying the spillway at Orville Dam could fail within an hour. At least 130,000 people in downstream areas have been asked to evacuate. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said at a news conference late Sunday that the evacuation orders will stand until more information is analyzed.

8:30 p.m.

Traffic is gridlocked for miles around Lake Oroville as panicked and angry residents try to evacuate over concerns the Northern California dam's emergency spillway could fail. Kaysi Levias and her husband, Greg, stopped at a gas station as they attempted to flee. Greg Levias says he's shocked and pretty mad they didn't get more warning. Officials put out an evacuation order Sunday afternoon telling around 100,000 people the emergency spillway at Orville Dam could fail within an hour. Raj Gill is managing a Shell station where panicky motorists got gas and snacks while they wait for gridlocked traffic to clear. He says his boss told him to close the station and flee himself, but he stayed open to feed a steady line of customers.

8:00 p.m.
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the road in front of my house was flooded. and the natl guard rescued an elderly man out in the country who couldn't get out of bed.
I am higher than some but this is awful stuff.
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SIL has been posting pictures of the lakes and overflows in Galt, CA.
Another friend has been posting pictures from around his area.... flooding of epic proportions.

The shame of it is, so much, so fast doesn't really have time soak in. In a couple of months, they may be right back to drought.....
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SIL has been posting pictures of the lakes and overflows in Galt, CA.
Another friend has been posting pictures from around his area.... flooding of epic proportions.

The shame of it is, so much, so fast doesn't really have time soak in. In a couple of months, they may be right back to drought.....
It's not unusual for CA climate.
That state has a pattern of drought followed by excessive rain/snow followed by drought followed by excessive rain/snow. Wash, rinse repeat.
I'm sorry that the residents seem to be in a constant state of drought or feared flooding, but it really isn't anything new, its been happenning for hundreds of years.
The population growth in CA over the past 100 years just makes these extremes affect more people.
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Evacuees from California dam can return home, sheriff says
Tue Feb 14, 2017 | Californians who were ordered to evacuate due to a threat from the tallest dam in the United States can now safely return to their homes and businesses may resume operations, a county sheriff said on Tuesday.
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A previous evacuation order has been reduced to an evacuation warning, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told a news conference, after water management officials drained enough water from the Oroville Dam. The warning means that people can return but should be prepared to evacuate again if necessary, Honea said.


A damaged spillway with eroded hillside is seen in an aerial photo taken over the Oroville Dam in Oroville, California

Both the primary and backup drainage channels of the dam, known as spillways, were damaged after a buildup of water that resulted from an extraordinarily wet winter in Northern California that followed years of severe drought.



California Department of Water Resources crews inspect and evaluate the erosion just below the Lake Oroville Emergency Spillway site after lake levels receded, in Oroville, California

More rain was forecast for as early as Wednesday and through Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Swift action by officials led by the state Department of Water Resources relieved pressure on the spillways, Honea said.

Evacuees from California dam can return home, sheriff says | Reuters
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