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Water & Drought

The birth of Oroville Dam: Watch 1960s construction of tallest dam in the U.S.

A 1990s documentary uses archival footage to detail the construction of the Oroville Dam, an earthfill embankment dam on the Feather River east of the city of Oroville, California, in the United States that was built during the period 1961 to 1968. At 770 feet, it is the tallest dam in the United States and serves mainly for water supply, hydroelectricity generation and flood control. The dam's main and emergency spillways were significantly damaged in February 2017. This prompted the evacuation of more than 180,000 people living downstream along the Feather River.

History

SLA saga’s Sacramento ties: hideout, fatal shooting, guilty pleas

The domestic terror group known as the Symbionese Liberation Army became notorious with the February 1974 kidnapping of 19-year-old newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst from her Berkeley apartment. But a nationwide manhunt for members of the group missed the fact that they had been hiding out in Sacramento for seven months starting in the fall of 1974.

History

Sacramento Bee celebrates its 160th anniversary

As The Sacramento Bee celebrates its 160th year of publication, step back in time and view our most memorable news photographs. From presidents to serial killers, floods to infernos, The Bee's photojournalists have captured the moments of our unfolding narrative.

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The birth of Oroville Dam: Watch 1960s construction of tallest dam in the U.S.

A 1990s documentary uses archival footage to detail the construction of the Oroville Dam, an earthfill embankment dam on the Feather River east of the city of Oroville, California, in the United States that was built during the period 1961 to 1968. At 770 feet, it is the tallest dam in the United States and serves mainly for water supply, hydroelectricity generation and flood control. The dam's main and emergency spillways were significantly damaged in February 2017. This prompted the evacuation of more than 180,000 people living downstream along the Feather River.
Archive DWR footage via WDTVLIVE42
The birth of Oroville Dam: Watch 1960s construction of tallest dam in the U.S. 5:38

The birth of Oroville Dam: Watch 1960s construction of tallest dam in the U.S.

Sacramento stories: Auburn cofferdam collapses (February 1986) 0:48

Sacramento stories: Auburn cofferdam collapses (February 1986)

Sacramento area flooding through the years: 1862-2017 1:22

Sacramento area flooding through the years: 1862-2017

Street sign topper honors Oak Park pastor 1:03

Street sign topper honors Oak Park pastor