The Oroville Dam Disaster Will End up Costing About $400 Million

The Oroville Dam Disaster Will End up Costing About $400 Million

From Popular Mechanics

The Oroville Dam spillway failure in February proved to be the first major infrastructure crisis of the Trump Administration, a presidency that has vowed to make infrastructure a priority, though so far with little to show for the promise. A new report from the Sacramento Bee shows what the likely costs will be if such efforts stall: hundreds of millions dollars on contractors in crisis situations, over and over again.

The Bee estimates that over $400 million will be spent on efforts related to the fracturing of the 770 foot tall dam’s main flood-control spillway, which forced the evacuation of 200,000 people. The economic boomlet shows how far infrastructure stretches. Everything from gravel contractors, trucking firms, drone operators, engineering consultants, and food for the all of the above come into the equation.

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