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Water & Drought

Living beneath a wall of water: Can Oroville residents trust the dam will hold?

Life isn’t exactly back to normal yet in Oroville. The mandatory evacuations ended last Tuesday, but not everyone has returned home, and folks in town have suitcases packed in case they’re ordered to leave fast. Emergency vehicles, dump trucks and helicopters have become part of the scenery. Some schools remain closed, and with an “atmospheric river” rainstorm poised to roll into the region Monday, people are keeping a wary eye on their cellphones and TV sets, awaiting the next bulletin.

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Oroville Dam: Repairs continue, water releases likely to decrease

Oroville Dam operators prepared to reduce water releases over its main spillway Saturday, February 18, 2017, as repairs continued on the troubled dam. Despite significant rainfall Friday, the water level at Lake Oroville continued to drop overnight. The lake was sitting at just above 855 feet Saturday morning.

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Oroville residence react to possible second evacuation with storm approaching

Thousands of north Sacramento Valley residents will never forget last Sunday night. It was the night they got stuck in the scariest traffic jam they will ever know.
Jose Luis Villegas The Sacramento Bee
Oroville residence react to possible second evacuation with storm approaching 1:42

Oroville residence react to possible second evacuation with storm approaching

Driving through a flooded I-5 near Williams from trucker's point of view 1:36

Driving through a flooded I-5 near Williams from trucker's point of view

Water flows down Lake Berryessa's famous drain 0:25

Water flows down Lake Berryessa's famous drain

What is a levee boil? 0:39

What is a levee boil?