Almost 200,000 people are being evacuated from northern California over fears of a failure of America's tallest dam.
Lake Oroville is 150 miles northeast of San Franciso and is hed back by the 770 foot Oroville dam.
LA Times reports that at around 4 PM on Sunday, engineers were inspecting the dam when they observed an eroding hole at the top of the spillway.
The cities of Oroville, Gridley, Live Oak, Marysville, Wheat land, Yuba City, Plumas Lake and Olivehurst were all under orders to completely evacuate as the dam failure could result in massive uncontrolled releases of water from Lake Oroville.
Law enforcement immediately went around to spread the word that everybody needs to evacuate.
There is a plan in place to plug the hole by using helicopters to drop a lot of rocks into the hole.
More rainstorms are expected in the area on Wednesday, which could deteriorate the situation. Until the deterioration of the dam is under control, it will remain unsafe for anybody in the area to return to their homes.
Governor Jerry Brown released a statement about the situation, saying, “I’ve been in close contact with emergency personnel managing the situation in Oroville throughout the weekend and it’s clear the circumstances are complex and rapidly changing. I want to thank local and state law enforcement for leading evacuation efforts and doing their part to keep residents safe. The state is directing all necessary personnel and resources to deal with this very serious situation.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the families who have been displaced and the first responders who are working in the potential flood zone to evacuate residents.
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