Race Against Nature: Evacuations Ordered — Over 100,000 — as Officials Hurry to Fix Orville Dam

More than 100,000 people are being evacuated from the area because officials fear that an emergency spillway could fail. Right now, it is being said that the immediate threat has passed. Let’s hope that it stays that way.

Officials say they’re still releasing 100,000 cubic feet per second from the paved spillway. No water is going over the emergency spillway at this point.

“It’s hard to look at a crystal ball and predict how it’s going to evolve,” said Kevin Lawson of Cal Fire.

The flow into the lake is roughly 37,000 cubic feet per second, so they’re shedding a net 60,000 or so cubic feet per second.

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They’re hoping to drop 8 feet per day.

It’s unclear if they’ll hit the target of lowering the lake by 50 feet before the next rain hits. But they’re expecting a smaller level of precipitation at a cooler temperature, so it may not run into the lake as quickly, giving them more time.

“We’re going to deal with that as it comes in,” said acting state Department of Water Resources Director Bill Croyle.


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