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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OROVILLE DAM, Saturday update: Lake elevations continue to drop; work continues on erosion 24 hours a day – with pictures, video

Here is the latest from Oroville Dam Saturday morning: From the Department of Water Resources: Lake elevations continue trending downward and have fallen more than 45 feet from the height of the emergency spillway. Outflows continue to outpace flow into the reservoir and the goal of achieving a reservoir depth of 850 feet remains a priority. As runoff flows into […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Friday noon update; Flows to further reduce as work continues to get Hyatt Power Plant back in operation

Here’s the latest from Oroville and the press conference at noon: BILL CROYLE, Department of Water Resources Acting Director I’m going to give you an update on the progress we’ve made in reducing our risks.  I want to remind people we are focused on maximizing public safety and reducing risk, and we are making significant progress along that line. First […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Thursday noon: Work continues on mitigating erosion; Flows are starting to ramp down

Here’s the latest from the DWR press conference: BILL CROYLE, Acting Director of DWR: “What I want to do is run through the numbers for the day and status of a number of areas we’ve been talking about the last couple of days.  Our top priority in our unified command structure with the people you see before you and many […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Wednesday noon: Work continues to stabilize emergency spillway; Releases might be ramped down soon …

As the operations have settled in at Oroville Dam, the rhythm seems to be to have a daily press conference at noon, unless there are any new developments. Here’s what Acting Director Bill Croyle had to say at today’s conference: Mr. Croyle began the press conference by acknowledging the difficulty the community has gone through with incident and the evacuation […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Tuesday 2PM: Evacuation order lifted; Reservoir levels continue to drop

Coverage from the press conference, 2/14/17 at 1pm: KORY HONEA, Butte County Sheriff “I want to begin by saying the actions of many dedicated caring and courageous people on the afternoon of February 12th, 2017 resulted in a victory on two fronts.  As a stark reminder, the forces of Mother Nature can create emergency situations requiring swift immediate action.  First, […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Monday 6PM: DWR working to fill erosion on emergency spillway

From the Department of Water Resources: Current Situation as 6:00pm February 13, 2017: The Department of Water Resources advises that the primary spillway continues to flow at 100,000 cfs and lake levels have dropped to 894’ feet. After evaluating the erosion on the emergency spillway, a plan was put in place to prevent further erosion. Utilizing trucks and helicopters, crews […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Sunday 11PM: Water stops flowing over emergency spillway; Water continuing to be released down main damaged spillway to draw lake level down

From the Department of Water Resources press conference, here are my notes from what Bill Croyle, Acting Director of DWR had to say: Water has stopped flowing over the emergency spillway.  Increasing the flow from 55,000 cfs to 100,000 cfs down the main spillway has taken the head off the auxiliary spillway; this was done to reduce and stop the […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Sunday 6pm: Evacuations ordered for low-lying areas around Lake Oroville – now with pictures

From the Department of Water Resources: Based on information received from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the incident command team managing Lake Oroville, counties and cities near Lake Oroville and the surrounding area issued evacuation orders for residents.  The concern is that erosion at the head of the auxiliary spillway threatens to undermine the concrete weir and […]

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