Evacuees threatened dam California allowed to return home

Evacuees threatened dam California allowed to return home

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The more than 180,000 inhabitants of the Californian city of Oroville and the surrounding areas on Sunday were ordered to evacuate can return home. The threat to a break in the Oroville dam is decreased, say local authorities Tuesday.

The immediate threat of a rupture is reduced, after employees of the water enough for water to drain off.

The situation around the 230-metre-high dam is, however, still precarious. The evacuatiebevel is toned down to a evacuatiewaarschuwing. That means that the inhabitants have to take into account with a new evacuation, said sheriff Kory Honea of Butte County at a press conference.

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A particularly wet winter in Northern California after years of drought, has ensured that the afvloeiingskanalen of the dam damaged. Thus ran the water pressure is dangerous and created the risk of a damdoorbraak.

There is in the second half of this week of stormy weather expected in the area. It is expected that the water level is now so far collapsed that the dam that additional rainfall will endure.

Impending rupture of the dam California

More than 180,000 inhabitants in the north of California were Sunday ordered to leave their homes because of an impending rupture of the Oroville Dam.

Residents of Oroville (California) to refuel prior to the evacuation.
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The local sheriff during a press conference. He stresses that this is not an exercise.

An aerial view of the situation at the dam.

Two evacuated people are in a evacuatiecentrum in Roseville. In total, almost 200,000 people evacuated from the area.

Experts are engaged in the repair of the waterwerking.

A helicopter brings a bag of stones to the Oroville Dam.

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