Recent Storms Raise Lake Oroville Water Level About 4 Feet

The storms that blew through Northern California this week raised the water level of Lake Oroville about 4 feet, but it’s a long way from where the spillways might need to be used. The lake started rising about noon on Wednesday, according to the Department of Water Resources website, and in the next 48 hours climbed to about 695.5 feet above sea level by noon Friday. That’s 118 feet below the gates that would allow the repaired main spillway to be used, and 206 feet below the lip of the emergency spillway, where repair work is continuing.