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Water poured over the emergency spillway at the Oroville Dam in Northern California for the first time in 50 years. The main spillway was damaged during the storms this past week. But the emergency spillway had erosion that threatened to cause a collapse…

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Oroville Dam in Northern California in Danger of Imminent Collapse

Oroville Dam spillway in danger of imminent collapse. The more I look at the Oroville Dam and then look at the pictures from the SIMPSON'S it appears that this is the dam they are referring to instead of the Hover Dam. What do you think by looking at the pictures in the album?

Residents below the tallest dam in the United States, near Oroville in Northern California, were urgently ordered to evacuate on Sunday after a spillway appeared for a time to be in danger of imminent collapse.

The abrupt evacuation orders came as authorities said that an auxiliary spillway on the Lake Oroville Dam could give way at any time, unleashing floodwaters onto rural communities along the Feather River. “Immediate evacuation from the low levels of Oroville and areas downstream is ordered,” the Butte County sheriff said in a statement posted on social media. “This is NOT A Drill.”

The California Department of Water Resources said on Twitter at about 4:30pm PST that the spillway next to the dam was “predicted to fail within the next hour.”

Several hours later the situation appeared less dire as the spillway remained standing and the Water Resources department said crews using helicopters would drop rocks to fill a gouge in the spillway. Authorities were also releasing water to lower the lake's level after weeks of heavy rains in the drought-plagued state.

Butte County Sheriff Korey Honea said at an evening press conference that he was told by experts earlier on Sunday that the hole that was being created in the spillway could compromise the structure. Rather than risk thousands of lives, the sheriff said, a decision was made to order the evacuations.

But he said he was told later that the erosion was not progressing as rapidly as earlier feared and that the amount of water flowing over the spillway had dropped quickly.

Still, evacuation orders remained in place. The Yuba County Office of Emergency Services urged evacuees to travel only to the east, south or west. “DO NOT TRAVEL NORTH TOWARD OROVILLE,” the department said on Twitter.

Evacuation centers were set up at a fairgrounds in Chico, California, about 20 miles northwest of Oroville, but roads leading out of the area were jammed as residents sought to drive out of the flood zone.

It is not clear how many people were affected by the evacuation order. More than 160,000 people live in the evacuation area comprising three counties, according to U.S. Census data.

The Oroville dam is nearly full after a wave of winter storms brought relief to the state after some four years of devastating drought. Water levels were less than 7 feet (2 meters) from the top of the dam on Friday.

State authorities and engineers on Thursday began carefully releasing water from the Lake Oroville Dam some 65 miles (105 km) north of Sacramento after noticing that large chunks of concrete were missing from a spillway.

Thousands of people evacuated as tallest dam in the US threatens to crumble

Thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate after water started flowing over an emergency spillway at the tallest dam in the United States, near Oroville in Northern California.

Water began running over the emergency spillway of Oroville Dam around 8 am local time, according to California's Department of Water Resources.

It was the first time the emergency spillway has been used in the reservoir's nearly 50-year history.

Water is expected to continuing flowing over the emergency spillway for 38 to 56 hours, agency spokesman Eric See said at a news conference Saturday afternoon.

In addition to the emergency spillway, water is also flowing through the main spillway that was significantly damaged from erosion, he said.

"This is a very unusual event for us here in Oroville," Mr See said.

At least 130,000 people in nearby communities have been ordered to evacuate, The Guardian reported.

Officials have stressed Oroville Dam is sound and there is no imminent threat to the public.

Unexpected erosion chewed through the main spillway earlier this week, sending chunks of concrete flying and creating a 60-metre-long, nine-metre-deep hole that continues growing.

Engineers do not know what caused the cave-in that is expected to keep getting bigger until it reaches bedrock.

Bill Croyle, the Department of Water Resources' acting director, said officials are continuously monitoring the erosion both on site and through cameras.

"This is mother nature kind of kicking us a few times here," he said.

Mr Croyle said the main spillway will need a "complete replacement" from the damage. Officials noted earlier this week that the cost of repairing the dam could approach $100 million, but they noted the estimate was an early, ballpark figure.

State officials had also been attempting to rescue millions of hatchery-raised fish imperilled by muddy water flowing downstream alongside the damaged spillway, after sections of its concrete walls collapsed earlier this week

About 240km north-east of San Francisco, Lake Oroville is one of California's largest man-made lakes, and the 230m high Oroville Dam is the nation's tallest.

The lake is a central piece of California's government-run water delivery network, supplying water for agriculture in the Central Valley and residents and businesses in Southern California.

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