That's up from the $500 million total that the state estimated last fall. With both Oroville Dam spillways damaged, officials were forced to order nearly 200,000 people to be evacuated in February.
Department of Water Resources spokeswoman Erin Mellon says California still hopes that federal emergency funds will cover three-fourths of the cost. Mellon says the costs so far do not include more than $1 billion in legal claims filed by property owners downstream.
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