Thursday Governor Brown followed up a February state of emergency declaration at Oroville Dam with an executive order to further expedite repair efforts on the spillways at the dam. This latest order is intended to get work finished before next winter by streamlining regulations associated with the state's emergency response.
In February, Governor Brown declared a state of emergency boosting the state’s response to the situation at the Oroville Dam's emergency spillway and requested an emergency declaration from President Trump, which secured federal assistance to support the communities impacted by the near disaster at the dam. The Governor also met with emergency response officials, visited the Incident Command Post and surveyed the regional flood control system, including areas recently impacted by rivers overflowing due to water released from dam. Governor Brown also laid out a series of short-term and long-term actions to improve on dam safety, improve flood protection and fix the state's aging transportation and water infrastructure.
It was in March, Governor Brown requested another Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to help pay for repairs to the damaged Oroville Dam spillway and support state and local recovery efforts following February storms. FEMA approved that request earlier this month.