The Department of Water Resources has begun reducing the outflow of water from the Oroville Dam flood control spillway to allow for the removal of debris from the diversion pool near the spillway.

Officials say removal of debris from that diversion pool further protects, safeguards, and provides for the eventual start up of the Hyatt power plant.

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The reduced outflow still provides for the reduction of reservoir levels within the time frame laid out to keep up with expected increase in water flowing into Lake Oroville during the storms forecast for Northern California now through Sunday, according the DWR.

For information on water flow rates, visit the California Data Exchange Center.