On February 12, nearly 200,000 Californians were forced to leave their homes when damage to the Oroville Dam emergency spillway put it at risk of collapsing.
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The dam was built to drain water from Oroville Lake, but erosion led to a massive hole not only in its main spillway, but in its emergency spillway as well. The emergency spillway hadn’t needed to be used in almost 50 years.
Authorities had to utilize the emergency spillway
after recent heavy storms began filling up the lake, but within a
day, they discovered that the spillway could…