FEMA releases additional $308 million for Oroville Dam spillways repairs and reconstruction

An aerial overview of the recently completed Lake Oroville main spillway during Phase 2 of the recovery efforts. Work continues on the concrete cap below the Lake Oroville emergency spillway weir at the Butte County, California site. Photo taken January 24, 2019. Kelly M. Grow / California Department of Water Resources, FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) says it has received notification that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released an additional $308 million in requested funds for the Oroville Dam spillways reconstruction and emergency response.

FEMA has already committed to $260 million in funding for repairs to the lower portion of the main spillway and other work conducted in response to the February 2017 emergency.

FEMA initially rejected the additional $308 million but subsequently approved it last year after an appeal from DWR.

“We appreciate the continued hard work of our partners at FEMA and the California Office of Emergency Services, as well as our representatives in Congress, to ensure California received these funds,” said Ted Craddock, DWR deputy director of the State Water Project.

DWR continues to work with Cal OES and FEMA to secure additional reimbursement funds for work on the emergency spillway.

FEMA’s Public Assistance program reimburses applicants up to 75% of eligible costs associated with a federally declared disaster.

In total, DWR expects to be reimbursed for $630 million of the $1.2 billion cost of the spillways incident through the public assistance program.

The Oroville Dam incident was a topic of discussion during a January HYDRO+ session on emergency action planning. Click here to register and view this session.

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