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June 15, 2017

California orders inspections at 70 aging dams after crisis

  • Dam operators must fix any spillway problems they find before next fall's next rainy season.
  • By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and SCOTT SMITH
    Associated Press

    SAN FRANCISCO — California is ordering immediate spillway inspections at about 70 aging dams that it believes might not be sound enough to protect downstream communities in a flood, a state dam regulator said Wednesday.

    The engineering and on-site reviews are part of stepped-up inspections following February's surprise failures of both spillways at California's 770-foot-high Oroville Dam, the nation's tallest. Authorities ordered nearly 200,000 people to evacuate in that crisis.


     
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