Water & Drought

Water & Drought

What is a levee boil?

When water seeps under a levee the structural integrity is compromised creating a small geyser. This is what it looks like and how it is repaired.

Water & Drought

Oroville Dam shuts down main spillway, crews begin damage assessment

Shutting off the main spillway brought into view the massive mound of concrete, rubble and debris that has formed in the channel at its base. The eroded material has raised channel levels to the point that the dam’s hydroelectric plant can’t function. DWR will spend several days in an intensive dredging operation to try to bring the river level back to normal.

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Tranquillity woman keeping suitcases out, just in case of levee break

Becky Modesto, 60, believes that "a house is a house, but the family and the people in it are the things that are really important." She is keeping her suitcases out in case she has to evacuate if the Tranquillity levee breaks and floods the home she has lived in since since 1970.
Silvia Flores The Fresno Bee
Tranquillity woman keeping suitcases out, just in case of levee break 1:25

Tranquillity woman keeping suitcases out, just in case of levee break

Tranquillity couple on possible levee break: 'Meteorite was more likely than a flood' 2:09

Tranquillity couple on possible levee break: 'Meteorite was more likely than a flood'

Oroville Dam shuts down main spillway, crews begin damage assessment 1:10

Oroville Dam shuts down main spillway, crews begin damage assessment

See the damage evolve: Oroville spillway erosion over time 0:46

See the damage evolve: Oroville spillway erosion over time