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April 20, 2017

AP investigation: Oroville Dam managers made questionable decisions as spillway nearly failed

  • The dam's spillways will need hundreds of millions of dollars in repairs before the fall.
  • By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and MICHAEL R. BLOOD
    Associated Press

    KCRA via AP [enlarge]
    Water surging down the main spillway gouged a hole the size of a football field in the chute.

    OROVILLE, Calif. — Late in the afternoon of Feb. 12, Sheriff Kory Honea was at the emergency operations center for the tallest dam in America when he overheard someone say something that stopped him in his tracks:


     
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