Oroville, Calif.—The final phase of the Oroville Spillway reconstruction is days away from getting underway.
There are doubts growing around getting federal funding for those repairs.
North state Congressman John Garamendi says FEMA may not reimburse the costs.
Federal officials believe it does not have the legal precedent to do so.
Federal officials believe the disaster was caused by lack of maintenance.
Garamendi says that ultimately the Department of Water Resources is to blame.
Congressman John Garamendi said, "My take on this is the Department of Water Resources and their major contractors spent their money on the twin tunnel nearly 400 million dollars and didn't spend a nickel on maintaining the spillway."
If FEMA doesn’t end up paying that means the nearly billion dollar price tag would fall to state and local governments.
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