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Crews hurry to repair Oroville Dam spillway before rains return




This Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, aerial photo released by the California Department of Water Resources shows the damaged spillway with eroded hillside in Oroville, Calif. Water will continue to flow over an emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam for another day or so, officials said Sunday. (William Croyle/California Department of Water Resources via AP)
This Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, aerial photo released by the California Department of Water Resources shows the damaged spillway with eroded hillside in Oroville, Calif. Water will continue to flow over an emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam for another day or so, officials said Sunday. (William Croyle/California Department of Water Resources via AP)
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Up at Lake Oroville, crews are working furiously to repair the badly damaged spillway– the same one that sparked the evacuation of a couple of hundred thousand people back in February.

There's more rain in the forecast and with the lake level already rising due to spring runoff, officials may have to release more water into the spillway in the next few days.

To boot, the Climate Prediction Center is giving it a 50 percent chance of El Niño reappearing as early as July, making a functioning outflow at the lake even more critical. 

Take Two's A Martinez spoke with Lauren Bisnett for an update on what's happening at Oroville to prepare for the rains. Bisnett is a public information officer for California's Department of Water Resources

To listen to the full interview, click on the blue media player above.