Oroville Dam Evacuations Lifted, But More Storms Coming
After nearly 200,000 residents were evacuated from their homes near California's Oroville Dam, authorities told them Tuesday there were allowed to go back to their homes. Authorities lifted the mandatory evacuation order.
The evacuations stem from a large hole in the emergency spillway that threaten to cause the structure to give way and cause a potentially catastrophic flood in the area. The reservoir is the tallest dam in the country.
The Washington Post reports residents are still concerned even though the order has been lifted -- the lake water levels may have subsided for now, but there are more storms forecasted for this week.
The Sacramento Bee reports crews have shored up the emergency spillway and fortified it. Helicopters will also drop bags of gravel and crews are fortifying the spillway with boulders, plants and slurry.