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Oroville Dam Repair Project Prepared to Meet Construction Deadline

The Department of Water Resources said that it will meet its construction deadline for repairs to the Oroville Dam Spillway.

Posted: Oct 30, 2018 11:40 AM

OROVILLE, Calif. - The Department of Water Resources said that it will meet its construction deadline for repairs to the Oroville Dam Spillway.

As of Monday, the department said that it is on track to meet its Public Safety Milestone on Thursday, Nov. 1. This means that all concrete will be poured and placed on the main spillway by that date. 

Locals in the Oroville area said that the construction has been a long time coming, and a year and a half after the incident, the trauma still remains. 

"I knew the force of that water, and if it did break, that we would be in trouble," said Darlene Dryar, an Oroville resident in the area of the spillway. 

During the time of the crisis, many local residents were in a panic. 

"It was kind of crazy and my tenants just freaked out, everyone was panicking," said Angela Aughe, an Oroville resident in the area of the spillway. "We all packed up and everyone left." 

Some residents say that they'll need more than just words to reassure them they're back on dry land. 

"I don't think they are going to finish by this week," Dryar said. "It's a big concern of mine still, but I'm still a longtime Oroville resident and I'm going to stick it out." 

The Department of Water Resources said that repairs for the Oroville Dam Spillway are topping $1 billion and that other repairs and site-clean-up will continue after the Nov. 1 deadline. 

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