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OROVILLE DAM AND SPILLWAY - NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

OROVILLE
State water officials said water has begun flowing over the emergency spillway at Oroville Dam.

Doug Carlson, a spokesman for the state Department of Water Resources, said water started topping over the auxiliary spillway shortly before 8 a.m. at a rate of between 5,000 and 10,000 cubic feet per second.

Officials still believe there will be no flooding, he said.

“The volume of water is expected to pose no flood threat downstream and should remain well within the capacity of the Feather River and other channels to handle,” DWR said in a release. “Oroville Dam itself remains safe, and there is no imminent threat to the public.”

Statistics show reservoir levels inched to 900.89 feet as of 7 a.m. At 901 feet, water would begin running over Oroville Dam’s emergency spillway for the first time since the reservoir was built in 1968.

State officials had hoped to prevent use of the emergency spillway. While it has a concrete lip, the spillway leads to a heavily wooded ravine. Releasing water through the spillway would likely bring fallen trees, dirt and other debris cascading into the Feather River.

State officials, while warning late Friday that the emergency spillway might be used, reiterated their belief that the Feather wouldn’t roar out of control as a result. “It would be within DWR’s contingency plans and pose no flood threat downstream,” the department said in a statement Friday evening. “DWR does not expect releases to the Feather River to exceed the carrying capacity of any channels downstream. The releases would be on the order of half the downstream flood system capacity and consistent with flood releases made this time of year in wet years such as this.”

Officials said they expected flows along the Feather River, which runs through tiny Oroville, to reach about. 75,000 cfs. That’s about half as much as what the river produced during the big January 1997 flood that struck much of Northern California.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article132154774.html#storylink=cpy
 

OROVILLE DAM AND SPILLWAY - NORTHERN CALIFORNIA






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