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Oroville Spillway opens for first time since 2017 crisis

The Oroville Dam Spillway is officially open and releasing water from Lake Oroville.

Posted: Apr 2, 2019 8:39 AM
Updated: Apr 2, 2019 11:14 AM

UPDATE 11:02 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - The Oroville Dam Spillway is officially open and releasing water from Lake Oroville. 

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UPDATE 10:06 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - The Department of Water Resources said that it will begin to release flows at 11 a.m. on Tuesday from the main spillway. 

By early afternoon, the releases from the spillway will reach 8,300 cubic feet per second. 

The department may increase flows to the Feather River again later this week to between 40,000 and 60,000 cubic feet per second to prepare for forecasted inflows.

Current Oroville Reservoir level: 854 feet elevation
Planned Main Spillway Releases: approximately 8,300 cubic feet per second by early afternoon on April 2
Planned Total Releases to the Feather River: up to 20,000 cubic feet per second from Oroville facilities and other natural inflows

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OROVILLE, Calif. - Two years after the Oroville Dam Spillway Crisis, the Department of Water Resources is officially opening the gates of the new spillway on Tuesday.

The department has not released what time they plan to open the gates. 

They are reassuring the public that the spillway has been restored to full functionality, as repairs have surpassed the $1 billion mark.

Officials said no more than 20,000 cubic feet per second will be released down the spillway during expected rains on Tuesday.

However, the Department of Water Resources said triple that amount could be released later in the week as more water flows into Lake Oroville.

The Department of Water Resources is holding a press conference to discuss the opening of the spillway on Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. To watch live, visit our Facebook Page

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