Oroville Dam One Year After The Spillway Crisis Chris Remington Wednesday, February 7, 2018 | Sacramento, CA Listen / download audio Update RequiredTo play audio, update browser or Flash plugin. Water flows over the emergency spillway (background) at Lake Oroville on January 11, 2017, as the main spillway (foreground) operates at limited capacity due to erosion.California Department of Water Resources Today marks the one-year anniverary of when debris was discovered along the Oroville Dam's main spillway. The damage done required the use of the emergency spillway and just days later forced the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people over concerns of flooding. In the time since, a report held California Department of Water Resources officials accountable for lack of maintenance on the dam and a litany of lawsuits have been filed by private citizens against the state. Now there are questions about whether FEMA will cover the $870 million in repairs. Capital Public Radio’s Bob Moffitt and the Chico Enterprise-Record's Risa Johnson have been following the story and its aftermath closely since it broke last year.