Oroville Dam is set to be Temporarily Reopened in Anticipation of Runoff from Snowmelt
Dam operators at the Oroville Dam will reopen the damaged spillway to release water in anticipation of the runoff from the snowmelt that is expected to come soon. The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) expects the spillway to remain open for about 14 days. The dam is in need of repairs and unfortunately the repairs will have to wait until about May or early June. Bill Croyle, DWR Director, stated:
It’s a lot easier to take two to three years to [do the repairs], but I don’t have two to three years, I have some months… I need to make sure we put a spillway back in place.
Hopefully the spillway stays intact until the much needed repairs can be done.
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