DAM EVACUATION: 188,000 Californians Told to Leave

 

Nearly 200,000 people living near the Oroville Dam in Northern California have been ordered to evacuate after officials said an emergency spillway was in danger of eroding and causing floodwaters to pour out of Lake Oroville.

Roads were jam packed Sunday with evacuees escaping to higher ground north and west of the area. Officials say the main dam structure is fully intact and not in danger of crumbling, but the main concrete spillway has a hole in it and could further erode. The Department of Water Resources is scrambling to prevent anymore damage. It's unclear when residents will be allowed to return to their homes. (Washington Post)

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