Water officials gaining upper hand at Oroville Dam
February 15, 2017
(Editor’s note: Click on the link at the end of this story to listen to the midday press conference by DWR and other officials. Listeners are cautioned that the audio quality from the DWR feed is poor. Listeners may also hear offensive language and a calliope.)
• Draining of lake continues
• Expect to be ready for late week storms
• WITH AUDIO
Repairs continue on an around-the-clock schedule at the Oroville Dam, which holds back massive Lake Oroville, California’s second-largest reservoir, officials say Wednesday afternoon.
The dam’s main spillway and its emergency spillway were both damaged last weekend when lake levels reached the reservoir’s capacity.
Crews are reinforcing the emergency spillway with more than 125 construction crews working around the clock, placing 1,200 tons of material on the spillway per hour.
The bulk of the transportation and placement of aggregate is being accomplished with the use of heavy trucks. The construction area is being continually monitored by engineers from the state and federal governments from the ground and with the use of drones, the Department of Water Resources says.
The level of the reservoir continues to decrease, and at current rates is projected to possess the capacity to absorb anticipated inflows due to forecasted inclement weather this week, DWR says.