Butte County and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced late Tuesday that they have settled a lawsuit filed by Butte County for roadway damage resulting from the Oroville Spillways Incident in February 2017. Repair efforts by DWR resulted in heavy truck traffic on roads maintained by Butte County.
Over the course of approximately two years, DWR and Butte County discussed the effects of the heavy truck traffic and what was necessary to repair the damaged roads. DWR has agreed to provide the County with $12 million for repairs to many of the impacted roads and emergency services.
“Butte County and DWR are pleased to have come to an agreement that will help Butte County recover from the Spillway Incident and hope to continue to work together to ensure public safety and have a positive impact on the community,” stated Butte County District 4 Supervisor Steve Lambert and Ted Craddock, DWR Deputy Director, State Water Project.
Primary roads damaged during the Spillway Incident include: Royal Oaks Drive, Kelly Ridge Road, Miners Ranch Road, Oro-Bangor Highway, La Porte Road, Los Verjeles Road, Oro-Quincy Highway, Table Mountain Blvd and Cherokee Road. The County has full discretion as to the use of the funds.