So Far, No Problems With New Oroville Dam Spillway

Oroville Dam's newly reconstructed spillway continues to perform as expected following the first release of water earlier this week from Lake Oroville down that newly repaired spillway into the Feather River.

Water officials have been gradually increasing outflow of water into the spillway which crumbled a little over two years ago and created a potential threat so great that nearly 200,000 people living in the shadow of the dam had to be evacuated. The flows were up to 14-thousand, 800 cubic-feet-per-second as of Friday morning. Total outflows into the Feather River are up to about 25-thousand cubic-feet-per-second when including the Hyatt Powerplant releases as the base of the dam.

Current lake level stands at 855-feet which is 81-percent of capacity. Officials with the California Department of Water Resources have been monitoring the level of the lake following a series of early spring storms.

Inflows into Lake Oroville are around 22-thousand cubic-feet-per-second.

Water Flows Down Oroville Dam Spillway For First Time Since Repairs
Water Flows Down Oroville Dam Spillway For First Time Since Repairs
Water is again moving down the repaired spillway Oroville Dam in Butte County for the first time since the original structure crumbled two years ago and threatened to...

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