FEMA sends money for dam

Cal­i­for­nia wa­ter­works de­part­ment re­ceives $22.8 mil­lion to help cover Oroville costs.

Los Angeles Times - - CALIFORNIA - By Joseph Serna joseph.serna@la­times.com Twit­ter: @JosephSerna

Cal­i­for­nia re­ceives $22.8 mil­lion to help with Oroville costs.

The Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency has sent $22.8 mil­lion to Cal­i­for­nia to help the state cover ex­penses re­lated to the cri­sis at the Oroville Dam ear­lier this year, the fed­eral agency said.

The check was sent to the De­part­ment of Wa­ter Re­sources, which re­quested as­sis­tance for debris re­moval and emer­gency pro­tec­tive mea­sures in Fe­bru­ary, FEMA said.

The al­lo­ca­tion was an­nounced dur­ing a me­dia call Wed­nes­day. FEMA gen­er­ally re­im­burses up to 75% of emer­gency ex­penses.

FEMA ap­proved the money shortly af­ter a long, con­crete flood-con­trol spill­way at the dam crum­bled un­der heavy use in Fe­bru­ary. The fail­ure sparked a larger emer­gency when the reser­voir ex­ceeded ca­pac­ity and forced more than 100,000 peo­ple down­river in Butte County to flee with only an hour’s no­tice.

The Butte County sher­iff re­vamped emer­gency evac­u­a­tion plans in the wake of the fail­ure, and about 80 in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses have filed claims against the state cit­ing lost rev­enue and dam­aged prop­erty. The De­part­ment of Wa­ter Re­sources’ Di­vi­sion of Safety of Dams has also launched a statewide re­assess­ment on the spill­ways of nearly 100 other dams in Cal­i­for­nia.

Mar­cus Yam Los Angeles Times

WA­TER rushes down the Oroville Dam’s dam­aged spill­way in Fe­bru­ary.

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