The Latest: Officials get earful about troubled dam
Dec. 07, 2017
OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a town hall meeting about the damaged spillways at Oroville Dam (all times local):
Northern California residents living in the shadow of the nation's tallest dam are venting decades of frustration with state water managers.
Residents of Oroville told Department of Water Resources officials Wednesday that they have no credibility when they say hairline cracks in a newly rebuilt spillway are nothing to worry about.
Catastrophic damage to the spillways at Oroville Dam prompted the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people in February.
State officials held a town hall meeting in Oroville as they prepare for the rainy winter season.
The community meeting is the first since federal officials made public their concerns about a series of hairline cracks in freshly laid concrete on the new spillway. State officials say cracking is normal.
California water officials plan to update a Northern California community about their efforts to repair the nation's tallest dam after damage to its spillways forced nearly 200,000 people to evacuate last February.
The crisis in Oroville was averted, but as the rainy winter season begins, Department of Water Resources officials on Wednesday will explain their efforts to ensure the area doesn't again face such a scare.
The community meeting is the first since federal officials made public their concerns about a series of hairline cracks in freshly laid concrete on the rebuilt spillway. State officials say cracking is normal and federal regulators agreed that no immediate repairs are necessary.
Oroville Mayor Linda Dahlmeier said last week the state hasn't been communicating enough with her town about the ongoing repair effort.