State Water Officials, Butte Co Settle Damage Lawsuit Tied To Oroville Dam

Butte County and the California Department of Water Resources on Tuesday said they have settled a lawsuit filed by Butte County for damage caused to roads in the area of the Oroville Dam following failure of the main spillway in February 2017. The lawsuit was filed after DWR repair work brought in heavy truck traffic on roads maintained by the county.

During a two year period, DWR and Butte County went back and forth on the impact of the trucks and what was needed to be done to get the damaged roads back into acceptable condition. DWR finally agreed to pay the County $12 million for the repair work.

"Butte County and DWR are pleased to have come to an agreement that will help Butte County recover from the Spillway Incident and hope to continue to work together to ensure public safety and have a positive impact on the community," said Butte County District 4 Supervisor Steve Lambert and DWR Deputy Director Ted Craddock.

Among the road damaged were Royal Oaks Drive, Kelly Ridge Road, Miners Ranch Road, Oro-Bangor Highway, La Porte Road, Los Verjeles Road, Oro-Quincy Highway, Table Mountain Blvd and Cherokee Road.

County officials will now used the $12 million as they fit.

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