THIS JUST IN … Oroville Dam, Friday noon: Water to flow down damaged spillway today; Spill event to last five to six days

The Department of Water Resources held a media call this morning to give an update on the situation at Oroville Dam.  Here’s what they had to say: Acting Director Bill Croyle began with the numbers.  The lake elevation is 864’; the lake has risen about one foot in the last 24 hours.  The pleasant weather in Butte County and up […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Saturday update: 5 units at Hyatt Power Plant now running; work continues on debris pile (with pictures and video)

From the Department of Water Resources: The flood control spillway flows remain at 0 cubic feet per second (cfs). Inflows are approximately 12,000 to 18,000 cfs which has resulted in the lake rising from 860.1 to 860.5 feet elevation in the last 24 hours.  Five units at the Hyatt Power Plant are currently running, allowing for a total outflow of […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Wednesday evening: DWR to continue work on debris pile in diversion pool (with pictures and video)

From the Department of Water Resources: Over the past week, the Feather River watershed has experienced cool and dry weather.  These weather conditions have allowed the Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) Oroville Emergency Response team to make tremendous progress removing approximately 650,000 cubic yards of debris from the Diversion Pool channel.  The lake level will likely reach 860 feet later […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Monday afternoon: Progress continues; crews prepare channel for larger flows (with pictures and video)

From the Department of Water Resources: Crews working on widening the channel at the base of the main spillway have made significant progress towards the goal of creating enough space to allow Hyatt Power Plant to operate a full capacity.  As of this morning, approximately 427,000 cubic yards of the estimated 1.7 million cubic yards of debris have been removed.  […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Wednesday update: Progress on spillway; crews continue debris removal (with pictures & video)

From the Department of Water Resources: Crews removing a debris pile, estimated at roughly 1.5 million cubic yards, continue to make progress two days after the Department of Water Resources (DWR) halted flows down the damaged flood control spillway.  Debris removal at the base of the spillway will help lower the water level in the channel, key to reoperation of […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Tuesday update: Work continues at spillway; crews focus on debris removal, restoring power plant function

From the Department of Water Resources: One day after the Department of Water Resources (DWR) halted flows down the damaged flood control spillway, crews continue removing a debris pile estimated at roughly 1 million cubic yards at the base of the spillway.  Debris removal will help lower the water level in the channel that leads to Hyatt Power Plant.  Bringing […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Monday afternoon: DWR prepares to reduce flows over spillway to zero cfs

Earlier this morning, the Department of Water Resources held a press conference.  Here’s what Acting Director Bill Croyle had to say … The feed for the press conference kicked in just after the start; Mr. Croyle was talking about how the flows on the Feather River are going to be ramped down as they prepare to bring the flows down […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Monday afternoon: Elevation hits 850′; work continues on erosion and removing the debris pile

Here’s the latest from today’s press conference: BILL CROYLE, Acting Director of the Department of Water Resources: “We took a little time off from the briefings; it was a good time for us to continue to focus on our efforts and get ready for the weather that’s come here today. I’m going to start with the numbers that we’re all […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Monday am: Pictures and video from the weekend as work continues

The Department of Water Resources increased outflow from the Oroville Dam flood control spillway yesterday, from 55,000cfs to 60,000cfs, in anticipation of the expected increase in inflows from the incoming storm.  Despite current inclement weather, work continues around the clock on placing rock, aggregate, and cement slurry continue to be placed into the erosion scars underneath the emergency spillway. The […]

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