DWR report: dam safe

The Oroville Dam Complex is operating safely with no urgent repairs needed, according to a comprehensive assessment report by dam safety experts released by the California Department of Water Resources on Tuesday (Nov. 9).

The assessment began in January 2018, initiated by spillway reconstruction and issues related to the February 2017 spillway failure at the dam that prompted the evacuation of more than 180,000 people. Though no current needs were identified, the report recommends risk-reduction measures such as installing new water-pressure measurement devices and conducting a seismic stability analysis.

The report is available online at the Oroville Dam Safety Comprehensive Needs Assessment website (https://bit.ly/38t2ba8) and will be presented to the Oroville Citizens Advisory Commission in a virtual meeting Friday (Nov. 13) at 9 a.m. (https://bit.ly/OrovilleCAC).

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