LaMalfa Statement on FEMA Reimbursement for Oroville Dam Spillway
(Oroville, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after FEMA announced that it would provide an additional $113 million in reimbursements to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) for costs associated with the main spillway at Oroville Dam. This additional funding essentially covers the complete cost of the main spillway, which nearly failed in early February 2017. Beyond costs associated with the main spillway, FEMA has spent about $150 million on disaster recovery, including debris removal and mitigation of the Feather River.
LaMalfa said: “While I am glad that FEMA is continuing to assist our region’s recovery, guaranteeing the strength of Lake Oroville and all dams should be a key priority moving forward. In the future, I hope that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and DWR will work together to ensure that our dams are up to date with modern engineering standards. I look forward to continuing to work with all parties to ensure the safety of our area and our water supply.”