By Angela Greenwood

OROVILLE (CBS13) — As crews rush to make repairs at the collapsed Oroville Dam spillway, California is borrowing hundreds of millions of dollars to get them done.

For now, the state has taken out a loan and is hoping to recoup a bulk of the cost, but there will be some leftover debt that could fall on the folks who rely on water from the Oroville Dam most.

Eighty-nine days into the Oroville Dam crisis, the California Department of Water Resources confirms it will now be half a billion dollars more in debt as it gets ready for further repairs.

On Monday, the department confirmed to CBS13 that it has taken out a line of credit, borrowing $500 million to fix the damaged spillway.  So far, $67 million of that has already been used.

President Donald Trump declared a major emergency, opening up the doors to federal assistance. According to The Sacramento Bee, the state will still seek reimbursement from FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency-  for 75 percent of the cost of the dam’s permanent repairs. The rest of the money would be paid for by water customers- mostly agri-businesses and water users in Southern California- not state taxpayers.

On Tuesday, crews are expected to blow up a portion of exposed rock to improve access to the main spillway.

  1. Sounds to me like there is plenty of money going into other things besides the repair.

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