Oroville Spillway Incident

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Last updated 2/16/2017 1:48 p.m.

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Update: Effective at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14, the evacuation order for the Oroville Dam spillway incident was reduced to an evacuation warning. However, all residents are advised to remain prepared as conditions can rapidly change and the potential for an emergency remains. The decision to reduce the order was based on a number of factors, including lower lake levels, further inspections, ongoing repair work, and updated weather forecasts.

On February 12, 2017, evacuation orders were delivered to residents surrounding Lake Oroville. The Department of Water Resources has been monitoring conditions at Lake Oroville’s main and auxiliary spillways around the clock for signs of erosion that could threaten the integrity of the emergency spillway and allow large, uncontrolled flows to the Feather River.

Oroville Dam is a separate structure from the emergency spillway and remains sound.

Governor Brown has issued a proclamation of a State of Emergency in Butte, Sutter, and Yuba counties. Read more here.

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