Oroville Dam spillway crisis: Here’s what happened in visual detail

In February 2017, the main and emergency spillways of Oroville Dam were damaged, prompting the evacuation of more than 180,000 people living downstream from the structure and Lake Oroville.
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In February 2017, the main and emergency spillways of Oroville Dam were damaged, prompting the evacuation of more than 180,000 people living downstream from the structure and Lake Oroville.

Dale Kasler covers climate change, the environment, economics and the convoluted world of California water. He also covers major enterprise stories for McClatchy’s Western newspapers. He joined The Bee in 1996 from the Des Moines Register and graduated from Northwestern University.