The Latest: California Lake Damage May Near $100 Million
The Latest on storms crumbling the spillway of California's second-largest dam (all times local):
State officials say damage to a key Northern California reservoir could approach $100 million.
California Department of Water Resources spokesman Doug Carlson said Friday that the estimate by a department engineer is an early, ballpark figure.
Carlson says it is too soon to know with any certainty what it will cost to repair a spillway that is eroding away as officials release a torrent of water from rain-swollen Lake Oroville.
Earlier this week, unexpected erosion chewed through the concrete spillway, sending chunks of concrete flying.
Officials are continuing to use the spillway to keep the lake from overflowing, even though that is causing more damage.
They also are clearing and reinforcing a nearby emergency spillway, moving power lines and transferring endangered hatchery fish below Oroville Dam.
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