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Notice Of Grant Award

Title: ER: CA17-3, February 2017 Lake Oroville Dam Disaster
DOT Agency Disbursing Funds: Federal Highway Administration
Project Name/Number: various project sites
Award Recipient California Department of Transportation
City/County/State , CA
Place of Performance various project sites
State Congressional District 1
Entitlement Amount $ 0.00
Discretionary Amount $ 2,774,912.00
COVID Relief Amount $ 0.00
Total Grant Amount $ 2,774,912.00
DOT Regional Office/Telephone Number Zamin Husain, 202-366-6683

Title 23, U.S.C., Section 125, authorizes an Emergency Relief (ER) program within the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, for the repair or reconstruction of Federal-aid highways and roads on Federal lands that have suffered serious damage as a result of natural disasters or catastrophic failures from an external cause. These funds are awarded to a State after the President or the Governor issues a formal emergency declaration and the State files a request for ER for the cost of damages to its eligible highways. Eligible repair work includes emergency repairs needed to restore essential traffic, minimize the extent of damage, or protect the remaining facilities as well as permanent repairs necessary to restore the highway to its pre-disaster condition.

During January and February 2017, storm systems brought a massive amount of rainfall which inundated the rivers and streams of Lake Oroville's watershed. As the reservoir began to reach capacity, the main and auxiliary emergency spillways were utilized to reduce the lake's water levels. On February 7, 2017 and February 11, 2017, damage was detected at the main spillway and auxiliary emergency spillway, respectively. As soon as lake levels dropped sufficiently enough such that use of the auxiliary emergency spillway was no longer required, emergency repairs began to take place. Damage to Federal-aid highways resulted from the heavy equipment that was brought in to conduct the emergency repairs in Butte, Sutter, and Yuba counties.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Office of Governmental Affairs (202)366-4573.