130,000 Ordered to evacuate in Northern California Damn Failure

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By Olga R. Rodriguez and Don Thompson, The Associated Press

OROVILLE, Calif. — At least 130,000 people were asked to evacuate in Northern California after authorities warned an emergency spillway in the country’s tallest dam was in danger of failing Sunday and unleashing uncontrolled flood waters on towns below.

About 150 miles northeast of San Francisco, Lake Oroville is one of California’s largest man-made lakes, and the 770-foot-tall Oroville Dam is the nation’s tallest.

The evacuation was ordered Sunday afternoon over concerns the dam’s emergency spillway could fail. Over five hours later, hundreds of cars carrying panicked and angry people were sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

“The police came and told us to evacuate,” said Kaysi Levias who was with her husband, Greg, at a gas station as they attempted to flee.

*A Great Reason To always have an emergency bug out bag survival kit with gear, accessories and tools. 

 

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