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|May 29, 2017|
Repairs at Lake Oroville carry quarter billion dollar pricetag
SACRAMENTO Ė (INT) - The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has awarded a contract for repair work on Oroville Damís spillways. Repairs are scheduled to begin immediately to have the system operational by November 1st, the traditional start of the next rainy season.
Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. submitted the low bid of just under $276 million.
DWR is implementing its recovery plan to ensure the system can safely accommodate potentially heavy inflows from the Feather River watershed to Lake Oroville and subsequent releases from the lake.
The complete recovery or replacement of the spillways will be done in multiple phases due to the enormity of the project.
Last February, approximately 188,000 people were evacuated due to the threat of the emergency spillway of the Oroville Dam, the United States' tallest dam, failing and unleashing flood waters.
Story Date: April 25, 2017