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The Oroville Dam Spillway's Inaugural Spill

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The shiny new Oroville Dam spillway will be used for the first time on Tuesday, according to the state Department of Water Resources.

The main spillway and emergency spillway were rebuilt and reinforced for $1.1 billion following the main spillway’s failure and destruction in February 2017.

What better way to celebrate the grand opening of a brand-new (and hopefully fully-functional) spillway than with a $1.1 billion grand opening sign?

Here’s hoping the new concrete spillway will do a better job than the last one.


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