Agency Work Rages On in Butte County and Around NorCal

A lot of work triggered by storms two to three weeks ago rages on, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Agencies, public and private, and their contractors have many irons in the fire in Butte County to make repairs to the Oroville Dam spillways, dredge the diversion pools, get the power plant back online and keep the community there and downstream safe.

At the Oroville Dam, DWR is maintaining a zero-flow on the controlled spillway. Without water releases, crews have been able to get into the area below the spillway and remove roughly 168,000 cubic yards of material from the diversion pool as of 8 a.m. Friday.  Construction crews continue to remove debris both on land and on any one of five barges. That and other work has allowed them to activate the Hyatt Power Plant  two hours later.

Lake levels are at 848.6 feet in elevation and are projected to be around 853 feet after storms this weekend.  DWR reports that current inflows are at about 16,000 cfs, while water levels are down to 248 feet around Hyatt power plant.

DWR and Department of Fish and Wildlife continue to work on contingency plans, so fish rescues are being performed with a focus on protecting the fish hatchery.

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Shawn Boyd

Shawn Boyd joined Cal OES as a public information officer in 2014 after a 20-year career in television news as a reporter, anchor and executive producer. He's a Cal State Sacramento alum and former US Navy yeoman and Air Force brat.

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