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California dam threatens towns below

Helicopters carry rocks to the Lake Oroville Dam after an evacuation order was lifted for communities downstream in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Helicopters carry rocks to the Lake Oroville Dam after an evacuation order was lifted for communities downstream in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Helicopters carry rocks to the Lake Oroville Dam after an evacuation order was lifted for communities downstream in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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Oroville residents look at the Feather River after an evacuation order was lifted for communities downstream from the Lake Oroville Dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Oroville residents look at the Feather River after an evacuation order was lifted for communities downstream from the Lake Oroville Dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Oroville residents look at the Feather River after an evacuation order was lifted for communities downstream from the Lake Oroville Dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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A helicopter flies rocks to the Lake Oroville Dam after an evacuation order was lifted for communities downstream from the dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

A helicopter flies rocks to the Lake Oroville Dam after an evacuation order was lifted for communities downstream from the dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

A helicopter flies rocks to the Lake Oroville Dam after an evacuation order was lifted for communities downstream from the dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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Rocks are hauled to the Lake Oroville Dam after an evacuation order was lifted for communities downstream from the dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Rocks are hauled to the Lake Oroville Dam after an evacuation order was lifted for communities downstream from the dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Rocks are hauled to the Lake Oroville Dam after an evacuation order was lifted for communities downstream from the dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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Sandbags remain in front of a business after an evacuation order was lifted for communities downstream from the Lake Oroville Dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Sandbags remain in front of a business after an evacuation order was lifted for communities downstream from the Lake Oroville Dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Sandbags remain in front of a business after an evacuation order was lifted for communities downstream from the Lake Oroville Dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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Residents shop for supplies after an evacuation order was lifted for communities downstream from the Lake Oroville Dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Residents shop for supplies after an evacuation order was lifted for communities downstream from the Lake Oroville Dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Residents shop for supplies after an evacuation order was lifted for communities downstream from the Lake Oroville Dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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Jennifer Moss (L), of Marysville, ties her daughter Kaylin's shoes at the Salvation Army relief center at the Placer County Fair Grounds in Roseville, California, after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the Lake Oroville Dam, in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

Jennifer Moss (L), of Marysville, ties her daughter Kaylin's shoes at the Salvation Army relief center at the Placer County Fair Grounds in Roseville, California, after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the Lake Oroville Dam,...more

Jennifer Moss (L), of Marysville, ties her daughter Kaylin's shoes at the Salvation Army relief center at the Placer County Fair Grounds in Roseville, California, after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the Lake Oroville Dam, in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach
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Water is released from the Lake Oroville Dam after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Water is released from the Lake Oroville Dam after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Water is released from the Lake Oroville Dam after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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A damaged spillway with eroded hillside is seen in an aerial photo taken over the Oroville Dam in Oroville, California. California Department of Water Resources/William Croyle/Handout via REUTERS

A damaged spillway with eroded hillside is seen in an aerial photo taken over the Oroville Dam in Oroville, California. California Department of Water Resources/William Croyle/Handout via REUTERS

A damaged spillway with eroded hillside is seen in an aerial photo taken over the Oroville Dam in Oroville, California. California Department of Water Resources/William Croyle/Handout via REUTERS
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A cemetery is flooded in Marysville, California, after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

A cemetery is flooded in Marysville, California, after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

A cemetery is flooded in Marysville, California, after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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Staff with the California Department of Water Resources watch as water is released from the Lake Oroville Dam after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Staff with the California Department of Water Resources watch as water is released from the Lake Oroville Dam after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Staff with the California Department of Water Resources watch as water is released from the Lake Oroville Dam after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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A motorhome is flooded in Marysville, California, after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

A motorhome is flooded in Marysville, California, after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

A motorhome is flooded in Marysville, California, after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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Displaced men pick up donated toothbrushes from the Salvation Army relief center at the Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville, California. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

Displaced men pick up donated toothbrushes from the Salvation Army relief center at the Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville, California. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

Displaced men pick up donated toothbrushes from the Salvation Army relief center at the Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville, California. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach
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The city of Oroville is empty after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the Lake Oroville Dam, in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

The city of Oroville is empty after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the Lake Oroville Dam, in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

The city of Oroville is empty after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the Lake Oroville Dam, in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach
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The area of erosion on the lower half of the Oroville Dam spillway is seen after overnight test flows in Oroville, California. California Department of Water Resources/Kelly Grow/Handout via REUTERS

The area of erosion on the lower half of the Oroville Dam spillway is seen after overnight test flows in Oroville, California. California Department of Water Resources/Kelly Grow/Handout via REUTERS

The area of erosion on the lower half of the Oroville Dam spillway is seen after overnight test flows in Oroville, California. California Department of Water Resources/Kelly Grow/Handout via REUTERS
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California Department of Water Resources crews inspect and evaluate the erosion just below the Lake Oroville Emergency Spillway site after lake levels receded, in Oroville, California. Kelly M. Grow/ California Department of Water Resources/Handout via REUTERS

California Department of Water Resources crews inspect and evaluate the erosion just below the Lake Oroville Emergency Spillway site after lake levels receded, in Oroville, California. Kelly M. Grow/ California Department of Water Resources/Handout...more

California Department of Water Resources crews inspect and evaluate the erosion just below the Lake Oroville Emergency Spillway site after lake levels receded, in Oroville, California. Kelly M. Grow/ California Department of Water Resources/Handout via REUTERS
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Rock is hauled to the Lake Oroville Dam after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Rock is hauled to the Lake Oroville Dam after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Rock is hauled to the Lake Oroville Dam after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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Members of the Jordan Crossing Ministry of Oroville, California, pray for Marine Russell Bluxome at a Red Cross relief center in Chico, California, after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the Lake Oroville Dam in Oroville. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

Members of the Jordan Crossing Ministry of Oroville, California, pray for Marine Russell Bluxome at a Red Cross relief center in Chico, California, after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the Lake Oroville Dam in Oroville....more

Members of the Jordan Crossing Ministry of Oroville, California, pray for Marine Russell Bluxome at a Red Cross relief center in Chico, California, after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the Lake Oroville Dam in Oroville. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach
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California Department of Water Resources crews inspect and evaluate the erosion just below the Lake Oroville Emergency Spillway site after lake levels receded, in Oroville, California. Kelly M. Grow/ California Department of Water Resources/Handout via REUTERS

California Department of Water Resources crews inspect and evaluate the erosion just below the Lake Oroville Emergency Spillway site after lake levels receded, in Oroville, California. Kelly M. Grow/ California Department of Water Resources/Handout...more

California Department of Water Resources crews inspect and evaluate the erosion just below the Lake Oroville Emergency Spillway site after lake levels receded, in Oroville, California. Kelly M. Grow/ California Department of Water Resources/Handout via REUTERS
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Desiree Garcia and her daughter Kay'lee, of Oroville, sift through donated clothing at a Red Cross relief center in Chico, California, after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the Lake Oroville Dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

Desiree Garcia and her daughter Kay'lee, of Oroville, sift through donated clothing at a Red Cross relief center in Chico, California, after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the Lake Oroville Dam in Oroville, California....more

Desiree Garcia and her daughter Kay'lee, of Oroville, sift through donated clothing at a Red Cross relief center in Chico, California, after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the Lake Oroville Dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach
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65,000 cfs of water flow through a damaged spillway on the Oroville Dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Max Whittaker

65,000 cfs of water flow through a damaged spillway on the Oroville Dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Max Whittaker

65,000 cfs of water flow through a damaged spillway on the Oroville Dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Max Whittaker
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The California flag waves in flooded Riverbend Park as water is released from the Lake Oroville Dam after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

The California flag waves in flooded Riverbend Park as water is released from the Lake Oroville Dam after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

The California flag waves in flooded Riverbend Park as water is released from the Lake Oroville Dam after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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A load of rocks is lifted by a helicopter near the Lake Oroville Dam after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

A load of rocks is lifted by a helicopter near the Lake Oroville Dam after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

A load of rocks is lifted by a helicopter near the Lake Oroville Dam after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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Volunteers stack donated items at a Red Cross relief center in Chico, California, after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the Lake Oroville Dam, in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

Volunteers stack donated items at a Red Cross relief center in Chico, California, after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the Lake Oroville Dam, in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

Volunteers stack donated items at a Red Cross relief center in Chico, California, after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the Lake Oroville Dam, in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach
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California Department of Water Resources crews inspect and evaluate the erosion just below the Lake Oroville Emergency Spillway site after lake levels receded, in Oroville, California. Kelly M. Grow/ California Department of Water Resources/Handout via REUTERS

California Department of Water Resources crews inspect and evaluate the erosion just below the Lake Oroville Emergency Spillway site after lake levels receded, in Oroville, California. Kelly M. Grow/ California Department of Water Resources/Handout...more

California Department of Water Resources crews inspect and evaluate the erosion just below the Lake Oroville Emergency Spillway site after lake levels receded, in Oroville, California. Kelly M. Grow/ California Department of Water Resources/Handout via REUTERS
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Children hold signs thanking truck drivers hauling rocks to the Lake Oroville Dam after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Children hold signs thanking truck drivers hauling rocks to the Lake Oroville Dam after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Children hold signs thanking truck drivers hauling rocks to the Lake Oroville Dam after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the dam in Oroville, California. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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