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oroville evacuees flee with nothing


oroville, calif. (ap) — the latest on problems with an emergency spillway at the nation’s tallest dam (all times local):7:20 a.m.kimberly and patrick cumings just moved to oroville from fresno with 3-year-old daughter elizabeth a month ago because of a new job.they were eating at a restaurant when the evacuation order happened and ended up in an evacuation shelter without their belongings.a driver with a large vehicle and three children of her own gave them a ride to the red cross evacuation center at the silver dollar fairgrounds in chico, where they stayed sunday night.they say they thought about waiting it out but decided against it.they left all of their belongings at the hotel where they were staying. kimberly cumings says she’d rather be safe than sorry.___6:10 a.m.state officials ar






the latest: oroville evacuees flee with nothing


oroville, calif. — the latest on problems with an emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam (all times local):7:20 a.m.kimberly and patrick cumings just moved to oroville from fresno with 3-year-old daughter elizabeth a month ago because of a new job.they were eating at a restaurant when the evacuation order happened and ended up in an evacuation shelter without their belongings.a driver with a large vehicle and three children of her own gave them a ride to the red cross evacuation center at the silver dollar fairgrounds in chico, where they stayed sunday night.they say they thought about waiting it out but decided against it.they left all of their belongings at the hotel where they were staying. kimberly cumings says she'd rather be safe than sorry.___6:10 a.m.state officials are wai






the latest: oroville hospital moves patients to 2nd floor


oroville, calif. — the latest on problems with an emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam (all times local):11:45 a.m.the chief executive of the oroville hospital says it is operating normally but that 100 patients have been moved to the hospital's second floor.hospital ceo robert wentz says the hospital took the step monday morning "out of an abundance of caution."the hospital is outside the flood zone below the dam on oroville lake and sits on a hill.wentz says evacuating acutely ill people is difficult so it is usually better for them to stay where they are.he says patients will not go back to the hospital's first floor until authorities tell the hospital it is safe to do so.___7:20 a.m.kimberly and patrick cumings just moved to oroville from fresno with 3-year-old daughter eliza






water flow slowing over emergency spillway at tallest us dam


oroville, calif. — officials say water will continue to flow over an emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam for another day or so.water began flowing over the emergency spillway at the oroville dam in northern california on saturday for the first time in its nearly 50-year history after heavy rainfall.california department of water resources spokesman eric see said at a sunday press conference that skies are clear and the overflow is steadily slowing. it's expected to stop by midday monday.in addition to the emergency spillway, water also flowed through the main spillway that was significantly damaged from erosion. officials said they'll assess the damage starting monday.see stressed the dam is structurally sound and there was no threat to the public.about 150 miles northeast of sa






the latest: sheriff: evacuation may not end until fixes made


oroville, calif. — the latest on problems with an emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam (all times local):12:45 p.m.the sheriff of a california county where thousands of people were evacuated as a damaged spillway on a huge dam threatened to fail says repairs may need to be made before residents are allowed to go home.but butte county sheriff kory honea didn't say how long the fixes could take and offered no timetable for lifting the evacuation order.___12:40 p.m.the acting head of california's water agency says he's "not sure anything went wrong" on a damaged spillway at the nation's tallest dam.the comments from acting director bill croyle come after officials told residents for days that the damage was nothing to be concerned about but then told nearly 200,000 people late sunda






officials order evacuation of residents near california dam


thousands of northern californians were told to leave their homes sunday evening, as an emergency spillway in the country's tallest dam was in danger of failing and unleashing uncontrolled flood waters on towns belowthe emergency spillway of the oroville dam in northern california could fail within an hour unleashing uncontrolled flood waters from lake oroville, the california department of water resources said on sunday afternoon.people in downstream areas need to leave the area immediately, the department said.officials earlier sunday stressed the dam was structurally sound and said there was no threat to the public.residents of oroville, a town of 16,000 people, should head north toward chico, and other cities should follow orders from their local law enforcement agencies, the butte cou






thousands told to leave their homes near huge california dam


oroville, calif. — thousands of northern californians were told to leave their homes sunday evening, as an emergency spillway in the country's tallest dam was in danger of failing and unleashing uncontrolled flood waters on towns belowthe emergency spillway of the oroville dam in northern california could fail within an hour unleashing uncontrolled flood waters from lake oroville, the california department of water resources said on sunday afternoon.people in downstream areas need to leave the area immediately, the department said.officials earlier sunday stressed the dam was structurally sound and said there was no threat to the public.residents of oroville, a town of 16,000 people, should head north toward chico, and other cities should follow orders from their local law enforcement agen






thousands told to leave their homes near huge california dam – the denver post


oroville, calif. — thousands of northern californians were told to leave their homes sunday evening, as an emergency spillway in the country’s tallest dam was in danger of failing and unleashing uncontrolled flood waters on towns belowthe emergency spillway of the oroville dam in northern california could fail within an hour unleashing uncontrolled flood waters from lake oroville, the california department of water resources said on sunday afternoon.people in downstream areas need to leave the area immediately, the department said.officials earlier sunday stressed the dam was structurally sound and said there was no threat to the public.residents of oroville, a town of 16,000 people, should head north toward chico, and other cities should follow orders from their local law enforcement agen






danger down a bit at nation’s tallest dam in northern california but evacuations


oroville, calif. – some 188,000 people were ordered or urged 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.officials warned residents that the spillway could fail within an hour.but in a late-night news conference, authorities said there was no more water going over the emergency spillway, reports cbs sacramento. the concern, they said, was that a 30-foot deep wall of water would be unleashed if the emergency spillway failed.there were still many unknowns, authorities said.butte county sheriff kory honea said the evacuation calls would stand until more information is analyzed.gov. jerry brown issued an emergency order late sunday night to






water flow slowing over emergency spillway at tallest us dam


oroville, calif. — water will continue to flow over an emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam for another day or so, officials said sunday.skies are clear, and the overflow is steadily slowing, california department of water resources spokesman eric see said. it's expected to stop by midday monday.water began flowing over the emergency spillway at the oroville dam in northern california on saturday for the first time in its nearly 50-year history after heavy rainfall.in addition to the emergency spillway, water also flowed through the main spillway that was significantly damaged from erosion. officials said they'll assess the damage starting monday.unexpected erosion chewed through the main spillway earlier this week, sending chunks of concrete flying and creating a 200-foot-long,






the latest: governor has no imminent plans to visit dam site


oroville, calif. — the latest on problems with an emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam (all times local):2:45 p.m.gov. jerry brown has not announced immediate plans to visit oroville or meet with residents who have been evacuated.brown spokeswoman deborah hoffman says the governor's primary focus any time there is an emergency is always on the response itself, not photo ops that can pull resources away — or distract — from the task at hand. she said an emergency order was issued sunday.meanwhile, california lt. gov. gavin newsom and emergency operation officials met with residents at an evacuation center in woodland, california, about 80 miles south of the oroville dam.evacuations for at least 188,000 people living below the dam were ordered sunday after officials warned the emer






the latest: groups warned of california dam spillway in 2005


oroville, calif. — the latest on problems with an emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam (all times local):1:45 p.m.documents show environmentalists raised concerns years ago about the stability of the emergency spillway at the tallest u.s. dam but state officials dismissed them, insisting the structure was safe.in a 2005 motion filed with the federal energy regulatory commission, three advocacy groups said using lake oroville's earthen spillway would cause significant erosion because it wasn't armored with concrete.they said soil, rocks and debris could be swept into the feather river, potentially damaging bridges and power plants. the groups warned of a failure of the dam itself, threatening lives and property.nearly three years later, state officials said no "significant concern






evacuation may not end until fixes made


oroville, calif. (ap) — the latest on problems with an emergency spillway at the nation’s tallest dam (all times local):1:45 p.m.documents show environmentalists raised concerns years ago about the stability of the emergency spillway at the tallest u.s. dam but state officials dismissed them, insisting the structure was safe.in a 2005 motion filed with the federal energy regulatory commission, three advocacy groups said using lake oroville’s earthen spillway would cause significant erosion because it wasn’t armored with concrete.they said soil, rocks and debris could be swept into the feather river, potentially damaging bridges and power plants. the groups warned of a failure of the dam itself, threatening lives and property.nearly three years later, state officials said no “significant co






california officials rush to drain lake behind battered oroville dam as new stor


nearly 200,000 residents evacuated near california dam can return home, sheriff saysjonathan j. cooper, don thompsonnearly 200,000 northern californians who live downstream of the country's tallest dam were allowed to return home tuesday after two nights of uncertainty, but they were warned they may still have to again flee to higher ground on a moment's notice if hastily made repairs to the battered structure...nearly 200,000 northern californians who live downstream of the country's tallest dam were allowed to return home tuesday after two nights of uncertainty, but they were warned they may still have to again flee to higher ground on a moment's notice if hastily made repairs to the battered structure... (jonathan j. cooper, don thompson)






the latest: lake oroville water levels dropping


oroville, calif. — the latest on problems with an emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam (all times local):5:35 a.m.water levels at northern california's lake oroville are continuing to drop and stopping water from spilling over a big dam's potentially hazardous emergency spillway.evacuations for at least 188,000 people living below the dam were ordered sunday after officials warned the emergency spillway was in danger of failing and unleashing uncontrolled flood waters on towns below.california department of water resources officials say flows into the lake are just under 45,000 cubic feet per second. outflows remain high at nearly 100,000 cubic feet per second.officials ordered the evacuation because possible failure of the emergency spillway could send a 30-foot wall of water in






new views of oroville dam's damaged spillways


"this is not a drill. repeat this is not a drill,” the national weather service said sunday, urging people living below oroville dam to evacuate. more than 100,000 people were told to evacuate because of a “hazardous situation” involving the northern california dam's emergency spillway. at one point, the nws warned that the auxiliary spillway was expected to fail and could send an “uncontrolled release of flood waters from lake oroville.” however, by late sunday night, officials said the immediate threat had passed because water had stopped washing over the emergency spillway. the mass evacuations cap a week of frantic efforts to prevent flooding as the reservoir behind america’s tallest dam reached capacity and its main spillway was severely damaged. on saturday, water levels rose so h






park underwater downstream from oroville dam


"this is not a drill. repeat this is not a drill,” the national weather service said sunday, urging people living below oroville dam to evacuate. more than 100,000 people were told to evacuate because of a “hazardous situation” involving the northern california dam's emergency spillway. at one point, the nws warned that the auxiliary spillway was expected to fail and could send an “uncontrolled release of flood waters from lake oroville.” however, by late sunday night, officials said the immediate threat had passed because water had stopped washing over the emergency spillway. the mass evacuations cap a week of frantic efforts to prevent flooding as the reservoir behind america’s tallest dam reached capacity and its main spillway was severely damaged. on saturday, water levels rose so h






officials brief media on oroville situation late sunday


"this is not a drill. repeat this is not a drill,” the national weather service said sunday, urging people living below oroville dam to evacuate. more than 100,000 people were told to evacuate because of a “hazardous situation” involving the northern california dam's emergency spillway. at one point, the nws warned that the auxiliary spillway was expected to fail and could send an “uncontrolled release of flood waters from lake oroville.” however, by late sunday night, officials said the immediate threat had passed because water had stopped washing over the emergency spillway. the mass evacuations cap a week of frantic efforts to prevent flooding as the reservoir behind america’s tallest dam reached capacity and its main spillway was severely damaged. on saturday, water levels rose so h






fema assists state officials with oroville dam emergency


"this is not a drill. repeat this is not a drill,” the national weather service said sunday, urging people living below oroville dam to evacuate. more than 100,000 people were told to evacuate because of a “hazardous situation” involving the northern california dam's emergency spillway. at one point, the nws warned that the auxiliary spillway was expected to fail and could send an “uncontrolled release of flood waters from lake oroville.” however, by late sunday night, officials said the immediate threat had passed because water had stopped washing over the emergency spillway. the mass evacuations cap a week of frantic efforts to prevent flooding as the reservoir behind america’s tallest dam reached capacity and its main spillway was severely damaged. on saturday, water levels rose so h






saving salmon from feather river hatchery


"this is not a drill. repeat this is not a drill,” the national weather service said sunday, urging people living below oroville dam to evacuate. more than 100,000 people were told to evacuate because of a “hazardous situation” involving the northern california dam's emergency spillway. at one point, the nws warned that the auxiliary spillway was expected to fail and could send an “uncontrolled release of flood waters from lake oroville.” however, by late sunday night, officials said the immediate threat had passed because water had stopped washing over the emergency spillway. the mass evacuations cap a week of frantic efforts to prevent flooding as the reservoir behind america’s tallest dam reached capacity and its main spillway was severely damaged. on saturday, water levels rose so h






sacramento mayor: sikh temples open for evacuees


"this is not a drill. repeat this is not a drill,” the national weather service said sunday, urging people living below oroville dam to evacuate. more than 100,000 people were told to evacuate because of a “hazardous situation” involving the northern california dam's emergency spillway. at one point, the nws warned that the auxiliary spillway was expected to fail and could send an “uncontrolled release of flood waters from lake oroville.” however, by late sunday night, officials said the immediate threat had passed because water had stopped washing over the emergency spillway. the mass evacuations cap a week of frantic efforts to prevent flooding as the reservoir behind america’s tallest dam reached capacity and its main spillway was severely damaged. on saturday, water levels rose so h






crews work to seal california spillway that forced evacuations


emergency crews early on monday prepared loads of rock to be dropped by helicopters to seal a crumbling spillway that threatens to inundate communities along the feather river in northern california, local media reported.almost 200,000 people were ordered on sunday to evacuate from the area below the lake oroville dam, the tallest dam in the united states, after authorities said its emergency spillway could give way.officials said the situation seemed less dire overnight but sacramento television station kcra reported that helicopters from around the state were sent to drop chest-high bags of rocks to close the hole in the spillway.the nbc affiliate showed dump trucks dropping off piles of rock, which were then loaded into the bags with backhoes. the operation to close the gap would begin






just in case? workers prep overnight to plug the crevice in the emergency spillw


"this is not a drill. repeat this is not a drill,” the national weather service said sunday, urging people living below oroville dam to evacuate. more than 100,000 people were told to evacuate because of a “hazardous situation” involving the northern california dam's emergency spillway. at one point, the nws warned that the auxiliary spillway was expected to fail and could send an “uncontrolled release of flood waters from lake oroville.” however, by late sunday night, officials said the immediate threat had passed because water had stopped washing over the emergency spillway. the mass evacuations cap a week of frantic efforts to prevent flooding as the reservoir behind america’s tallest dam reached capacity and its main spillway was severely damaged. on saturday, water levels rose so h






saving salmon from feather river hatchery


"this is not a drill. repeat this is not a drill,” the national weather service said sunday, urging people living below oroville dam to evacuate. the evacuation was ordered because of a “hazardous situation” involving the northern california dam's emergency spillway. the national weather service said the auxiliary spillway is expected to fail and could send an “uncontrolled release of flood waters from lake oroville.” the mass evacuations cap a week of frantic efforts to prevent flooding as the reservoir behind america’s tallest dam reached capacity and its main spillway was severely damaged. on saturday, water levels rose so high that an emergency spillway was used for the first time. officials initially believed the measure worked. but this afternoon, as more water from record storms






gov. jerry brown issues emergency order to speed up state aid


"this is not a drill. repeat this is not a drill,” the national weather service said sunday, urging people living below oroville dam to evacuate. more than 100,000 people were told to evacuate because of a “hazardous situation” involving the northern california dam's emergency spillway. at one point, the nws warned that the auxiliary spillway was expected to fail and could send an “uncontrolled release of flood waters from lake oroville.” however, by late sunday night, officials said the immediate threat had passed because water had stopped washing over the emergency spillway. the mass evacuations cap a week of frantic efforts to prevent flooding as the reservoir behind america’s tallest dam reached capacity and its main spillway was severely damaged. on saturday, water levels rose so h






water flow slowing over emergency spillway at tallest us dam


oroville, calif. (ap) — water will continue to flow over an emergency spillway at the nation’s tallest dam for another day or so, officials said sunday.skies are clear, and the overflow is steadily slowing, california department of water resources spokesman eric see said. it’s expected to stop by midday monday.water began flowing over the emergency spillway at the oroville dam in northern california on saturday for the first time in its nearly 50-year history after heavy rainfall.in addition to the emergency spillway, water also flowed through the main spillway that was significantly damaged from erosion. officials said they’ll assess the damage starting monday.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.unexpected erosion chewed through the main spillway earlier this week, s






eye opener: thousands flee possible calif. dam breach - videos


february 13, 2017, 7:01 am|nearly 200,000 people in northern california are told to evacuate after a spillway at the nation's tallest dam threatens to collapse. also, adele sweeps the top grammy awards, but a pregnant beyoncé shined in an emotional performance. all that and all that matters in today's eye opener. your world in 90 seconds. get the eye opener delivered straight to your inbox.






danger down a bit at nation’s tallest dam in northern california but evacuations


oroville, calif. – some 188,000 people were ordered or urged 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.officials warned residents that the spillway could fail within an hour.but in a late-night news conference, authorities said there was no more water going over the emergency spillway, reports cbs sacramento. the concern, they said, was that a 30-foot deep wall of water would be unleashed if the emergency spillway failed.there were still many unknowns, authorities said.butte county sheriff kory honea said the evacuation calls would stand until more information is analyzed.gov. jerry brown issued an emergency order late sunday night to






the latest: officials order evacuation near california dam


oroville, calif. — the latest on problems with an emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam (all times local):5:45 p.m.authorities in yuba county are asking people living in the valley floor to evacuate.the yuba county office of emergency services says people should take routes to the east, south, or west and avoid traveling north toward oroville.the california department of water resources says it is releasing as much as 100,000 cubic feet per second from the main, heavily damaged spillway to try to drain the lake.department of water resources spokesman kevin dossey tells the sacramento bee the emergency spillway was rated to handle 250,000 cubic feet per second, but it began to show weakness sunday at a small fraction of that. flows through the spillway peaked at 12,600 cubic feet p






water flowing over emergency spillway at tallest us dam


oroville, calif. (ap) — water started flowing over an emergency spillway at the nation’s tallest dam, on lake oroville, for the first time saturday after erosion damaged the northern california dam’s main spillway.officials hoped to avoid using oroville dam’s emergency spillway, fearing it could cause trees to fall and leave debris cascading into water that rushes through the feather river, into the sacramento river and on to the san francisco bay. crews prepared for several days, clearing trees and brush.water began running over the emergency spillway around 8 a.m., said ted thomas, a spokesman for 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.unexpected erosion chewed through the main spill






national guard to assist with dam repair – the mercury news


oroville, calif. (ap) — the latest on problems with an emergency spillway at the nation’s tallest dam (all times local):11:50 p.m.a california national guard official says they will provide eight helicopters to assist with emergency spillway reconstruction at the nation’s tallest dam located about 150 miles northeast of san francisco.adjunct general david s. baldwin said at a news conference late sunday that the helicopters will also be available for search and rescue monday near the oroville dam.he added that the california national guard put out a notification to all 23,000 soldiers and airmen to be ready to deploy if needed.baldwin says the last time an alert like sunday’s was issued for the entire california national guard was the 1992 riots.evacuations for at least 188,000 people were






the latest: national guard to assist with dam repair


oroville, calif. — the latest on problems with an emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam (all times local):11:50 p.m.a california national guard official says they will provide eight helicopters to assist with emergency spillway reconstruction at the nation's tallest dam located about 150 miles northeast of san francisco.adjunct general david s. baldwin said at a news conference late sunday that the helicopters will also be available for search and rescue monday near the oroville dam.he added that the california national guard put out a notification to all 23,000 soldiers and airmen to be ready to deploy if needed.baldwin says the last time an alert like sunday's was issued for the entire california national guard was the 1992 riots.evacuations for at least 188,000 people were orde






the latest: national guard to assist with dam repair


oroville, calif. — the latest on problems with an emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam (all times local):11:50 p.m.a california national guard official says they will provide eight helicopters to assist with emergency spillway reconstruction at the nation's tallest dam located about 150 miles northeast of san francisco.adjunct general david s. baldwin said at a news conference late sunday that the helicopters and two airplanes will also be available for search and rescue monday near the oroville dam.he added that the california national guard put out a notification to all 23,000 soldiers and airmen to be ready to deploy if needed.baldwin says the last time an alert like sunday's was issued for the entire california national guard was the 1992 riots.evacuations for at least 188,00






danger down a bit at nation’s tallest dam in northern california but evacuations


oroville, calif. – some 188,000 people were ordered or urged 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.officials warned residents that the spillway could fail within an hour.but in a late-night news conference, authorities said there was no more water going over the emergency spillway, reports cbs sacramento. the concern, they said, was that a 30-foot deep wall of water would be unleashed if the emergency spillway failed.there were still many unknowns, authorities said.butte county sheriff kory honea said the evacuation calls would stand until more information is analyzed.gov. jerry brown issued an emergency order late sunday night to






the latest: california dam running on temporary licenses


oroville, calif. — the latest on problems with an emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam (all times local):3:35 p.m.a california dam threatened by a damaged emergency spillway has operated under temporary licenses for a decade.a spokeswoman for the federal energy regulatory commission says a 50-year license for oroville dam, the nation's tallest, expired in january 2007. mary o'driscoll told the associated press that the facility has been operating under an existing license that's renewed each year.the california department of water resources, which operates the dam, applied for a new 50-year license in 2005.o'driscoll said the federal agency finally received all the necessary permits and other documents needed to decide on the new license last december. josh f.w. cook, associated






oroville abandoned after last-minute evacuations


more than 100,000 people were told to evacuate from areas near oroville dam in northern california on sunday because officials feared that an emergency spillway could fail, sending huge amounts of water into the feather river, which runs through downtown oroville, and other waterways. but by late sunday night, officials said the immediate threat had passed.






oroville abandoned after last minute evacuations


more than 100,000 people were told to evacuate from areas near oroville dam in northern california on sunday because officials feared that an emergency spillway could fail, sending huge amounts of water into the feather river, which runs through downtown oroville, and other waterways. but by late sunday night, officials said the immediate threat had passed.






water flowing over emergency spillway at tallest us dam


oroville, calif. — water started flowing over an emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam, on lake oroville, for the first time saturday after erosion damaged the northern california dam's main spillway.officials hoped to avoid using oroville dam's emergency spillway, fearing it could cause trees to fall and leave debris cascading into water that rushes through the feather river, into the sacramento river and on to the san francisco bay. crews prepared for several days, clearing trees and brush.water began running over the emergency spillway around 8 a.m., 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 was expected to continuing flowing over the emergency spillway for






attorney general warns against price gouging amid oroville dam evacuations


california atty. gen. xavier becerra warned businesses against price gouging in the wake of the massive oroville dam evacuations. “california’s price gouging law protects people impacted by an emergency from illegal price gouging on gas, food, housing, and other essential supplies,” said becerra in a statement. “i urge hotels, gas stations, and other businesses operating in and around the evacuation area to understand and comply with the law, and i encourage anyone who has information regarding illegal price gouging to report it to our office.”






officials order evacuation of at least 130,000 residents near california dam


at least 130,000 people asked to evacuate their homes over concerns california's oroville dam's emergency spillway could fail. the country's tallest dam was in danger of failing and unleashing uncontrolled flood waters on towns below. hundreds of cars were in bumper-to-bumper traffic on highway 99 as people hurried away from the oroville dam.the erosion at the head of the emergency spillway threatens to undermine the concrete weir and allow large, uncontrolled releases of water from lake oroville, the california department of water resources said. those potential flows could overwhelm the capacity of downstream channels and levees.butte county sheriff koney honea said engineers with the department of water resources informed him shortly after 6 p.m. that the erosion on the emergency spillw






water flowing over emergency spillway at tallest u.s. dam – the denver post


oroville, calif. — water started flowing over an emergency spillway at the nation’s tallest dam, on lake oroville, for the first time saturday after erosion damaged the northern california dam’s main spillway.officials hoped to avoid using oroville dam’s emergency spillway, fearing it could cause trees to fall and leave debris cascading into water that rushes through the feather river, into the sacramento river and on to the san francisco bay. crews prepared for several days, clearing trees and brush.water began running over the emergency spillway around 8 a.m., 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 was expected to continuing flowing over the emergency spillway for






thousands evacuated in california as dam might collapse


at least 130,000 people living below the tallest dam in the united states have been asked to evacuate as a spillway appeared in danger of imminent collapse.the california department of water resources said on twitter at about 00:30 gmt on monday that the spillway of california's oroville dam was "predicted to fail within the next hour".meanwhile, the butte county sheriff said in a statement posted on social media: "immediate evacuation from the low levels of oroville and areas downstream is ordered, this is not a drill."while it was still standing nearly three hours later, the water resources department said crews would use helicopters to drop rocks to fill a gouge in the spillway.authorities were also releasing water to lower the lake's level.doug carlson, a spokesman for the department o






49ers navorro bowman honors old coach as linebacker overcomes latest hurdle


var _ndnq = _ndnq || []; _ndnq.push([’embed’]);san francisco — navorro bowman once recovered from a devastating knee injury. and he’s confident that he’ll come back strong from last year’s ruptured achilles tendon.but it was clear friday night that a broken heart lasts forever.wiping back tears and struggling for words, bowman saluted his late high school mentor at the coaching corps game changer awards in san francisco.nick lynch died on dec. 31, 2008, at age 43. now, bowman, the 49ers four-time all-pro, said he tries to carry lynch’s legacy every time he takes the field.“i’m in his shadow,” bowman said, his voice catching. “i felt it was my duty to make his name live forever.”bowman honored lynch as part of third annual event at the fairmont el. the event allows prominent bay area sports