OROVILLE DAM Saturday noon update: Water now flowing over emergency spillway

Fish Barrier Dam, 2/10/17

The latest dam news from Lake Oroville …

In Historic First, Lake Oroville Flows Over Dam’s Emergency Spillway:Floodwaters began flowing over Oroville Dam’s emergency spillway early Saturday morning.  California Department of Water Resources officials said water began moving over the 1,700-foot long emergency weir just before 8 a.m.  TV helicopter video soon after showed sheets of water cascading over the concrete structure, although heavy flows not begun downhill. … “Read more from KQED here:  In Historic First, Lake Oroville Flows Over Dam’s Emergency Spillway

Water begins to spill over Oroville emergency spillway: “Water has begun to slowly flow over the Oroville Dam emergency spillway Saturday morning as Lake Oroville has reached full capacity and water outflows by way of the damaged spillway have decreased.  This is the first time the uncontrolled emergency spillway has been used in the dam’s 48-year history. Flows over this secondary chute will likely range between 6,000 and 12,000 cfs, the California Department of Water Resources said. … ”  Read more and watch helicopter coverage from KCRA Channel 3 here:  Water begins to spill over Oroville emergency spillway

Drone footage …

The latest pictures from Department of Water Resources …

Cloudy waters from the damage spillway at Lake Oroville and Oroville Dam forced the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to truck 4 million baby salmon from the Feather River Fish Hatchery in Oroville, Calif. to the nearby fish ponds at the Thermalito Afterbay Complex in Butte County.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife trucked 4 million baby salmon from the Feather River Fish Hatchery in Oroville, Calif. to the nearby fish ponds at the Thermalito Afterbay Complex to avoid the cloudy waters caused by the damage spillway at Lake Oroville and Oroville Dam in Butte County. Photo taken February 10, 2017.

Kelly M. Grow/ California Department of Water
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3 Responses

  1. w.r. attwatr

    I was the DWR attorney in 1966 who handled the change order requests from the contractor who built the overflow spillway. Who knew that it would eventually be used? Bill@

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  2. George Williams

    Leave it to a dwr attorney to “approve” a co, not the engineers who missed the overflow in the original design. And the public wonders why state job are always over budget.

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  3. manish thapar

    HELLO & REGARDS, BY ANY CHANCE, IS THIS WATER GOING TO EFFECT THE ALMONDS CROP OF 2017 ? JUST WANTED TO KNOW THE CROP NEWS…..
    THANKING YOU –
    MANISH THAPAR (INDIA)…..

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