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California officials rush to drain lake before new storms

California officials rush to drain lake before new storms

"I've seen the pictures - that's a lot of water".

If you have a place to offer an evacuee or would like to stay in tune with how to help out, keep an eye on this community Facebook page, where people are sharing information, requesting donations, and seeking shelter. Many at the shelter said a drive that should have taken one hour took six hours on Sunday.

The agency said the reservoir was draining at a rate that should allow it to absorb inflows from forecasted rain. Before the mandatory evacuation was reduced to a warning or recommendation yesterday, officials took almost 300 animals to shelter in Chico and out of potential harm's way, creatures that are now being returned to their homes and families.

"As a result of these actions, the need for evacuation has been significantly reduced", said Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea.

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) anxious that further erosion at the head of the spillway would unleash an uncontrolled torrent from Lake Oroville, the second largest man-made lake in the state of California.

FEMA officials said additional rainfall may cause excessive runoff within the river basins and may create additional stress on the Oroville Dam.

It's unlikely the lake will reach capacity again, he said, but if it does the emergency spillway should be able to handle the overflow.


Honea said there was a plan to plug the hole by using helicopters to drop rocks into the crevasse. There are 198 personnel comprising more than 125 construction crews working around the clock.

Meanwhile, in Yuba City, Ed Hernandez and his family decided not to evacuate their home on Sunday night.

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's National Inventory of Dams, there are 1,585 dams in California.

Numerous county's dams and related structures were built in the 1920s and '30s, said Tony Bell, Barger's spokesman.

Earlier Sunday, officials stressed the Oroville Dam itself was structurally sound.

Officials warned that a 30 foot wall of water could come crashing down on Oroville and the surrounding areas if the spillway burst.

A video released Tuesday by the state Department of Water Resources shows a helicopter dropping rocks as authorities frantically work to fix Oroville Dam's eroded spillways before rain begins on Thursday.


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