Oroville Dam Operators Open Spillway

Mar 24, 2016 3:58 PM by News Staff

The Department of Water Resources has begun to release more water from Lake Oroville via the spillway for flood control purposes, the department announced Thursday.

Dam engineers said the lake has been filling up rapidly with all the recent storms. Currently, the lake is at approximately 83 percent full.

State water officials said they need to release water from Lake Oroville because it’s currently sitting above the flood control reservation limit which is set by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Officials are releasing the water down the spillway which began at 10 a.m. with a release of 2200 cubic feet of water per second.

By 5 p.m., officials anticipate the opening up of the release to 5200 cubic feet of water per second.

Fisherman, swimmers and boaters and other Feather River users should be aware of the increased flows as the river will be come deeper and swifter as the water increases.


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