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Oroville to sue state department for dam failure

Oroville to sue state department for dam failure

Josh Cozine

January 21, 2018


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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 the dam's spillway last year and the resulting damages, according to Oroville City Attorney Scott Huber. ...

Panel reflects on Oroville Spillway situation

Panel reflects on Oroville Spillway situation

Daniel Wright

March 23, 2017


Filed under Breaking News, Campus, Community, News

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 along with the Department of Civil Engineering student chapter. During the Oroville Dam emergency...

Oroville Dam caught in dilemma

Oroville Dam caught in dilemma

Nicholas Feeley

February 21, 2017


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  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 said, department chair of civil engineering. “It depends on how we want to operate our reservoirs,”...

Spillway evacuees tell their stories

Spillway evacuees tell their stories

Nicole Henson

February 21, 2017


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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 emergency evacuation of surrounding areas affected both students and faculty of Chico State. Professors...

Spillway crisis causes class cancellations, affects Chico State faculty

Spillway crisis causes class cancellations, affects Chico State faculty

Kayla Fitzgerald and Alejandra Fraga

February 14, 2017


Filed under Breaking News, Campus, Community, News

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, is a resident of Oroville and has been unable to leave his home because of potential road closures. "It'...

Oroville evacuees adjust to life in shelter

Oroville evacuees adjust to life in shelter

George Johnston

February 13, 2017


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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 flooding into the fairgrounds looking for ways to help. Mackenzie Davis, a Butte County School teacher,...

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