After 10 days of water flowing over the damaged spillway at Lake Oroville, The Department of Water Resources halted releases yet again Monday at noon.
"Just because I've lifted the warning doesn't mean that we're out of this crisis. This crisis will continue until all facilities related to the Oroville Dam are completely fixed," said Kory Honea, Butte County Sheriff.
November 1st has been the set date to have an operational spillway, but whether that is a temporary or permanent fix is still up in the air.
Especially as the DWR balances the need to make repairs at the same time as managing lake levels.
"We're in the middle of a snow run off, record snow pack and we need to do everything in our emergency response mode to make sure that we have a safe and operational spillway for the rest of the spring run off season," said Bill Croyle, Acting Director of the DWR.
The DWR released more than 40,000 cfs from the spillway for ten days to get the lake level down to the targeted 835 ft.
However, the spillway wasn't the only thing halted, the Hyatt Power Plant was stopped over the weekend to prevent back splash from pressing on to the facility.
"We started the Hyatt Power house at full operations and we over timed it because of the back flows it started back off on those releases to make sure we are protecting that power house," said Croyle.
The power house will be ramping back up to 12,900 cfs once the spillway is 100% dry.
Crews will then be removing debris left in the diversion pool, fixing access roads surrounding the dam and making repairs to the spillway.
"That includes any of the shock crete that we put at the end that we put in at the very end of the spillway and underneath to see how that held up," said Croyle.
The DWR will also be keeping an eye on lake levels if it reaches over 860 feet then the spillway will be used again.
"The higher we go, the less probability we'll have to have a second or third spill, but at the moment I think we can go to 860 which is 30 feet above where we are today and we need to continue to have those conversations and look at the weather forecasts and inflow modeling that's occurring," said Croyle.
In the next two weeks the DWR plans to have a set design on repairs and an updated number of costs.More