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Evacuations Ordered Due to 'Hazardous Situation' at Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway

Darrell Mcdonald | 15 February, 2017, 00:55

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said the mandatory evacuation order for the area has been reduced to an evacuation warning. Rain is forecast for later this week in Northern California, and almost 200,000 people who live downstream have been evacuated from the area.

Butte County Sheriff Korey Honea told an earlier news briefing he was told by experts that the hole forming in the spillway could compromise the structure. He says the water level at the lake behind Oroville Dam, the nation's tallest, is low enough to accommodate expected storm.

Evacuation orders for almost 200,000 people in danger of being flooded out by the tallest dam in the United States were told they can return home, even as officials called for continued vigilance.

Lake Oroville water levels continue to fall as state officials send almost 100,000 cubic feet of water per second down the main spillway in hopes of dropping the reservoir as much as 25 feet by the time the next storm arrives Wednesday night.

Crews working around the clock atop the crippled Oroville Dam have made progress repairing the damaged spillway.

The emergency spillway, which is an embankment covered with trees, is a last resort and was used for the first time in its 48-year history on Saturday.

Water gushes past the sinkhole in the main spillway that prompted officials to activate the emergency spillway, at the top of the dirt hill face on the left.

Audio ExcerptIn California, construction crews are trying to lower the level of Lake Oroville and fix emergency spillways at the Oroville Dam, about 75 miles north of Sacramento, to prevent catastrophic flooding downstream.

State water officials are continuing to release water through the primary spillway at a flow rate of 100,000 cubic feet per second, or about 748,000 gallons per second.

"We hope everyone remains safe as the evacuations continue", he said.

The erosion damage below the Oroville Lake emergency spillway is seen from the air on February 13, 2017, in Oroville, California.

At 770 feet (230 meters) high, the structure, built between 1962 and 1968, is the tallest USA dam, exceeding the Hoover Dam by more than 40 feet (12 meters).

"There has been severe erosion of the emergency spillway and a possible structural breach that could send uncontrolled water down the stream", said Chris Orrock, a spokesman with the California Department of Water Resources.

The White House says the critical situation at California's Oroville dam, which prompted evacuations of almost 200,000 people over the weekend, shows why America needs to overhaul its crumbling roads, bridges and waterways.

The problems at the dam have been aggravated by a very wet winter in California, a state that has been suffering from a drought in recent years but which in the past few weeks has registered exceptionally heavy rains.

Almost three years later, state officials said no "significant concerns" about the emergency spillway's integrity had been raised in any government or independent review.

"I decided I'd rather be in the house and we can climb on the roof rather than be in the vehicle if something happens", Miner said.

The water level of the massive reservoir known as Lake Oroville dropped Monday, slightly easing fears of a catastrophic collapse. In the background the concrete weir and the emergency spillway are visible.

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