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Lake Oroville Levels Have Dropped 48 Feet


  • Lake levels have dropped 48 feet below the emergency spillway, as of Sunday morning.
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On Sunday, flow from the Oroville Dam Flood Control Spillway will remain at 55,000 cfs and continue to outpace the inflow encountered. The reduction in flow has allowed assessment teams to view debris buildup and dredge debris piles below the flood control spillway. Lake elevations continue trending downward and had fallen to 852 feet, by 4:00 this morning, 48 feet below the emergency spillway. As runoff flows into the reservoir, water levels will likely fluctuate but will remain within acceptable and typical levels during times of storm activity. DWR continues work on the area below the spillway, the monoliths, access roads, and various eroded areas created by emergency spillway runoff. DWR continues to aggressively monitor the status of the dam, spillways, the Hyatt Power Plant, related structures, and progress of repair activities. For more information, follow us on Twitter or Facebook. Additional details can also be found in our press releases and at Cal OES.

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