In the wake of a near disaster at Oroville Dam caused by heavy runoff and a damaged spillway, the former chief of flood operations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said last week it may be time to reconsider how the reservoir is operated to avert such dilemmas.
More than a month after Coyote Creek spilled its banks and flooded surrounding neighborhoods, city leaders Thursday said some 500 families remain unable to return home and pleaded with property owners to help house them.
Among all the conspicuous places closed as a result of damage from high flows in the Feather River during the Oroville Dam spillway emergency, there’s one that hasn’t gotten as much notice. The Feather River Nature Center is also closed.
It hasn’t rained for a month, but water has been flowing for weeks through the Whitewater Wash and onto Cathedral Canyon Drive in Cathedral City. You can blame high temperatures and all the snow that fell during our unusually cold winter.
Concern over the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s management of Anderson Dam bubbled to the surface at a meeting Wednesday night to update the public on a project to replace the structure, which spilled over in February for the 11th time in its 67-year history, resulting in some of the worst flooding San Jose has seen in decades.
A second opening of the Don Pedro Reservoir spillway is unlikely this year, managers said Tuesday, despite a “staggering” amount of snow waiting to melt. … The snowpack in the Tuolumne watershed stood at 186 percent of average as of Monday.
While a nearly record-breaking rainy season has battered California’s dams and stretched the limits of local levees, the storms that began to hit Sacramento on Tuesday aren’t expected to put much additional strain on the state’s flood-control system.
[Gov. Jerry] Brown requested another “presidential major disaster declaration to aid with repairs to the damaged Oroville Dam spillway and to bolster state and local recovery efforts following February storms that caused major flooding, levee breeches, the evacuation of residents, power outages and extensive damage to rods and bridges across California.”
[Butte County Sheriff Kory] Honea shared what it was like to be sheriff of Butte County during the Feb. 12 crisis when Oroville Dam’s emergency spillway looked to be failing and thousands of residents needed to be evacuated.
Hear the story behind the headlines of the recent Oroville Dam spillway incident and challenges in flood management operations sparked by the recent heavy rains and the coming snowmelt. The topic was just added to the agenda for the Foundation’s 34th Annual Executive Briefing, to be held this Thursday in Sacramento.
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will host a press briefing tomorrow, Friday, March 17 at 9 AM to provide an update on various topics including repairs to the flood control spillway and preparations to release water through that spillway.
As part of its ongoing management of water flows, the Department of Water Resources will increase outflows from Lake Oroville to the Feather River from the current 13,300 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 50,000 cfs between 11 AM and 2 PM on Friday, March 17 and then maintain those higher flows. … The Feather River elevation will rise between 10 and 15 feet early Friday afternoon, depending on channel geometry and location.
Counties throughout California hit by mudslides and flooding from recent storms can apply for federal financial assistance to pay for everything from debris removal to recovery efforts, officials said Thursday.
President Donald Trump on Thursday declared a major disaster for California because of damage caused by heavy rains that hit the state from Jan. 18 to Jan. 23, making available federal assistance to state and local agencies as well as some nonprofit groups.