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Oroville to sue state department for dam failure

Oroville to sue the state's water department after damages to the Oroville dam and spillway due to flooding in February. Image courtesy of Department of Water Resources.
January 21, 2018

The city of Oroville filed suit against the Department of Water Resources (DWR) for damages, mismanagement and corruption Wednesday. The DWR failed to pay an appropriate amount after the failure of...

Panel reflects on Oroville Spillway situation

Oroville Dam Panel
Matt Colwell - Left
Dave Steindorf - Right Photo credit: Daniel Wright
March 23, 2017

A reflection panel on the Oroville Dam discussed the various factors that led up to the evacuations and the use of the emergency spillway. The event was hosted by the Center for Water and the Environment...

Oroville Dam caught in dilemma

Various dump trucks transport rock and other materials to quickly repair the eroded spillways. Photo credit: Cortneanne Campbell
February 21, 2017

  California’s reservoirs are caught in a conflict: water storage or flood prevention. “They are trying to keep the water as high as possible while still doing flood control,” Steven Mehl...

Spillway evacuees tell their stories

Many evacuees received donations from locals including clothing, shoes, and water. Photo credit: Miguel Orozco
February 21, 2017

Caitlyn Richter remembers flashing notifications on her phone that read the Oroville Dam emergency spillway was going to fail within the hour. She was told it was going to fail. Not that it might. An...

Spillway crisis causes class cancellations, affects Chico State faculty

Oroville lake, spillway and emergency spillway. Photo courtesy of California Department of Water Resources.
February 14, 2017

Students have experienced class cancellations since some faculty have been unable to reach campus because of the Oroville Spillway crisis. Forrest Hartman, a professor in the journalism department,...

Oroville evacuees adjust to life in shelter

Mark Haley reflecting on what's happening in the evacuations Photo credit: George Johnston
February 13, 2017

At least 1,100 people have taken shelter at the Silver Dollar Fairground, according to the American Red Cross. Five buildings have been converted into dorms for incoming evacuees, and volunteers are...

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