Relentless winter storms caused flooding, threats of levee breaches and severe weather across California throughout January and February. While precipitation was much needed after six-plus years of drought, the endless amount of rain and snow in such a short period created public safety concerns.
Most of the wet weather was triggered by atmospheric river storms – waves of moisture that move north from tropical areas and over the West Coast. Recovery from the storms is ongoing and will be a long-term process.
Among the concerns from the storm fallout is significant road damage, specifically in the Sierras. Caltrans District 3, which maintains and operates 1,491 center-line miles and 4,385 lane miles in 11 Sacramento Valley and Northern Sierra counties, has 45 emergency contracts currently open at a cost of $63.4 million.
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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. … continue reading »
The rain continues by way of a series of storms, another atmospheric river, and that’s making travel over the Sierras treacherous. Water on top of the many feet of snow already there is a potent cocktail only cautious drivers should attempt. Of course, don’t drive in these conditions unless you have to.
We spoke to Dave Wood, Caltrans Donner Pass Superintendent, who was at Donner Pass a short while ago. We were lucky to get him at all due to the poor cell signal, but what he has to say was worth the effort.
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