Releases Continue at Oroville Primary Spillway; Evacuation Orders in Place
Crews were working Monday to repair both the primary and emergency spillways at Oroville Dam, according to reports from the California Department of Water Resources.
DWR was continuing to release 100,000 cubic-feet per second from the damaged primary spillway Monday in an effort to lower the lake level and reduce the potential for water to flow over the emergency spillway and further erode the top of the emergency structure.
Evacuation orders were issued to residents in the Oroville area and downstream late afternoon Sunday. DWR and local law enforcement officials said in a press briefing Monday that the situation remained “dynamic” and that evacuation orders would remain in effect until further notice.
DWR expects to release more than 1 million acre-feet of water from the lake before the next series of storms is projected to arrive late Wednesday or Thursday.