Trump Administration approves assistance for Oroville Dam crisis, January storms

“People who have special needs or require extended time to evacuate should consider remaining evacuated”, the sheriff said.


The heaviest precipitation from the repeat storms that have struck the Golden State have hit the very region that drains to Lake Oroville, and the frequency of the storms has meant that the lake has not had a chance to recover, with water levels dropping significantly in between storms.

Fears of flooding from the nation’s tallest dam, which reaches 770 feet, prompted evacuation orders for almost 200,000 people.

Fears of such a disaster have largely been alleviated.

Rain is in the forecast for Oroville well into next week with a flash flood watch in effect through 4 a.m. Sunday, according to the National Weater Service. Besides, they said, it’s unlikely the spillway would ever be needed anyway.

“There’s the prospect that we can issue another evacuation order if circumstances change”, he said.

However, with uncertainties that a fix consisting of rocks and boulders piled onto the damaged spillway would hold as renewed rains threaten the area, officials warned the evacuation could be renewed.

“We are feeling positive”, said Al Duncan, spokesman for the response team.

“With the weather we been having over the last couple days, we continue to see the inflow to the reservoir drop…”

The next wave of rainfall will come overnight Wednesday into Thursday, CNN senior meteorologist Dave Hennen said.

Erosion damage on the bottom half of the Oroville Spillway prompted the Department of California Water Resources to reduce the outflow from the lake.

A number of news outlets claim the near collapse of the Oroville dam’s emergency spillway in California is a glimpse of what man-made global warming could bring.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Tuesday told reporters that the administration would “make sure we are doing everything we can to attend to this matter” and “help people who have been impacted”, adding that the dam was evidence that the United States needed to overhaul its infrastructure, one of Trump’s domestic goals.

Lake Oroville is the starting point for California’s State Water Project, which provides drinking water to 23 million of the state’s 39 million people and irrigates 750,000 acres of farms.

This left the emergency spillway badly eroded with a gaping hole.

Early Sunday morning, Lake Oroville crested at 902.59 feet above sea level – a record high, according to the California Department of Water Resources.

That’s something they aim to avoid by continuing the high-ouput release of the main spillway.

First they would like the main spillway to survive California’s rainy season without having to rely on the emergency spillway, an outcome that’s dependent on the continued survival of the main spillway.

How did we get here? It includes Shasta Lake, the only reservoir in California that’s larger than Oroville.

A troubled dam. Concerns about failure.

One possible avenue for federal funding is a legislation that President Barack Obama signed last December, Hale said.

“My vehicle is completely packed”, she said.

Fowler, her husband and their 13-year-old son live alongside the Feather River.

She said when she first heard about the dam’s problems, she didn’t believe it. If the company had chosen to do proper maintenance after learning about the faulty floodway a decade ago, then 180,000 people wouldn’t have been forced to evacuate. She hastily gathered her things. “It’s kind of like a war zone out there, for all the right reasons”.

A 34-year-old who lives blocks away from the levee said he had to leave after spending a restless night thinking about what could happen to him if it fails. If someone is staying with friends or family, they can visit Red Cross shelters during the day for information or a hot meal.


“They’ve all been good to us here”, Rorick said.

Crews work on a damaged section of the Oroville Dam in Oroville California