OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Water will rush down the main spillway at the nation's tallest dam for the first time since it crumbled in heavy rain two years ago and threatened to flood California communities.
The state Department of Water Resources anticipates releasing water down the spillway at Oroville Dam as early as Tuesday due to stormy weather.
The spring storms follow a very wet winter that coated the mountains with thick snowpack. State experts will coincidentally measure the snowpack Tuesday to determine the outlook for California's water supplies.
In early 2017, the dam's half-century-old spillway broke apart as it carried heavy flows from storms. That drove nearly 200,000 people from their homes over fears of catastrophic flooding.
Rebuilding the massive spillway and other repairs have cost $1.1 billion.
- Rebuilt spillway at Oroville Dam to be used today
- Rescuers in Indiana Save Cat Stuck on Dam Spillway
- Oroville Sues State of California Over 2017 Dam Crisis
- TODAY: Ashland Recall Election
- Mt. Ashland CLOSED Today
- UPDATE: Klamath River Dams Increase Flow to Protect Fish
- California Water Authorities Consider Removal of Klamath River Dams
- Contractor chosen for removal of Klamath River dams
- Four dams along the Klamath River will be removed
- Salmon-eating sea lions targeted at Columbia River dam