Authorities Stop Releasing Water at Oroville Dam

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OROVILLE -- California water authorities have finished releasing water from the damaged spillway at the Oroville Dam.

Department of Water Resources spokeswoman Lauren Bisnett said water flow was stopped within the past hour. Workers started slowing the flow at 6:45 a.m. Monday.

The spillway will stay dry for up to a week so water workers can remove between 500,000 and 1 million cubic yards of debris blocking a power plant that was shut down amid high water levels.

A potential failure of an emergency spillway at the dam prompted authorities earlier this month to evacuate nearly 200,000 people.

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The 10 day forecast for Lake Oroville shows lake levels dropping to around 830 feet by Mar. 8. (Credit: California Department of Water Resources)