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Evacuation order remains in effect below damaged California dam
February 13, 2017 / 8:44 PM / 5 months ago

Evacuation order remains in effect below damaged California dam

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The city of Oroville is empty after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the Lake Oroville Dam, in Oroville, California, U.S. February 13, 2017.Beck Diefenbach

(Reuters) - The evacuation of nearly 200,000 people living down river from the tallest dam in the United States remains in effect but officials are working on a plan to allow the residents to return to their homes, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told a news conference on Monday.

California water officials were draining water from the Oroville Dam to relieve pressure on a damaged spillway that threatened public safety and led to a sudden evacuation order on Sunday.

Reporting by Gina Cherelus; Editing by Sandra Maler; Editing by Daniel Trotta

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