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DWR prepares for potential use of Oroville Dam Spillway

The Department of Water Resources said it is closely monitoring the Oroville reservoir and taking steps to prepare for use of the main spillway as early as the first week of April.

Posted: Mar 26, 2019 1:11 PM
Updated: Mar 27, 2019 12:16 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - The Department of Water Resources said it is closely monitoring the Oroville reservoir due to storms expected in the Feather River Basin.

Due to these projected storms, the department is taking steps to prepare for use of the main spillway as early as the first week of April. 

To prepare for the potential use of the spillway, the department is removing construction equipment from the spillway chute. It will also remove temporary road below the main spillway that has been utilized during construction. 

The road will also be removed to minimize water quality impacts. 

Temporary cameras and lights have been put alongside the spillway for observational purposes when water begins to flow down the chute. 

Current Oroville Reservoir levels: 845 feet

Projected elevation on April 5 based on 10-day forecast: 850 feet

Stay with Action News Now for the latest updates as they become available. 

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