Thousands remain in shelters after California dam evacuation

We hope everyone remains safe as the evacuations continue.

Officials are working to fix a severely damaged spillway below the country's tallest dam, which holds back California's largest water reservoir. "Even if climate change can not be to blame at this time, erosion of this particular spillway is occurring at a time when snowpack is above normal and snowmelt is being accelerated by heavy rains, contributing to greater flows and higher chance of failure". The main goal is to get the water level to drop 50 feet, said a Cal Fire chief, Kevin Lawson. The acting director of the DWR said at a press conference on Monday that he wasn't sure anything had gone wrong with the agency's plans.

Almost 600 inmates were transferred to neighboring jails after officials ordered an evacuation of the area due to flooding dangers from the Oroville Dam. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings.

Honea had been adamant that he would not allow residents to return until he was certain they would be safe, and he acknowledged that ordering the evacuation in the first place had been extremely hard.

Jeffrey Kightlinger, the general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the water utility for Los Angeles and its environs, said the issue was not cost but federal guidelines, the Los Angeles Times reported. Raj Gill, who manages a Shell gas station in the region, was torn between evacuating and staying open to serve a steady stream of customers.

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As of noon, dam operators were releasing 100,000 cubic-feet per second of water down the broken regular spillway, which started coming apart on February 7. The goal is to see the level at 860 feet by Thursday when inflows should begin from the expected storms. Another storm system is forecast to bring more rain to the area later this week.

About an hour before the announcement, Caltrans announced that Highways 99, 70, 162 and 20 - roads leading to the evacuated areas - were opening again after being closed since Sunday. The dam itself has not been affected, only the main spillway and the emergency spillway suffered erosion.

The Department of Water Resources estimated fix costs last week at $100 million. A drought emergency was declared by California Gov.

Late Monday the California governor asked President Donald Trump for help amid recent fears of an imminent collapse of the Oroville Dam spillway.