SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s water resources agency has agreed to pay a Northern California county $12 million to repair roads after a crisis at the country’s tallest dam forced nearly 200,000 people to evacuate in 2017.
The state Department of Water Resources and Butte County announced the settlement Tuesday, more than two years after spillways at the Oroville Dam crumbled and fell away during heavy rains.READ MORE: Boy, 8, Hailed A Hero After Discovering Baby Sister Unresponsive In Pool
The repairs resulted in heavy truck traffic that damaged Butte County roads. Butte County sued in August 2018.READ MORE: Man Apologizes After Video Shows Street Vendor Attacked
Residents in three Sierra Nevada foothill counties fled their homes in February 2017 after authorities warned that a wall of water could flood nearby towns.MORE NEWS: Folsom Shuts Sutter Street Down To Open Businesses
The uncontrolled release of massive amounts of Oroville’s reservoir did not happen and the dam has since been repaired.