State Workers Rescue Fish Stranded By Oroville Spillway Shutdown

Lauren Perry
March 2, 2017

Up to a million cubic yards of debris from the crumbling, concrete chute that takes water down from the top of the dam will need to be removed by barges and excavators over the next seven days.

The emergency began last month when heavy rainfall prompted concern about the dam's infrastructure and required nearly 200,000 people to evacuate their homes.

"We're in it for the long haul and I've asked the public to be aware of that and be patient as we go forward", Mr. Honea told the AP.

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) successfully curtailed flows from the flood control spillway yesterday from 50,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 0 cfs.

California water authorities have started slowing the release of water from the Oroville Dam's crippled spillway.

"That is certainly the goal", she said.

The debris needs to be removed in order to restart the underground Hyatt Power Plant. They lifted the evacuation order February 14.

The trouble with the Oroville Dam spillway has endangered wildlife in the Feather River, leaving state workers scrambling Wednesday to rescue some of the stranded fish.

Removing the debris will protect a shuttered underground plant, allowing it to resume operations, the Department of Water Resources said. But the flow of water ripped through a road below and carved out deep chasms in the ground, leading authorities to evacuate almost 200,000 people on February 12 for two days for fear the emergency spillway could fail.

Other reports by VgToday

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER