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Repaired spillway at nation's tallest dam to be deployed

from The Associated Press

The flood-control spillway at the nation's tallest dam is set to be deployed for the first time since it was rebuilt after it crumbled during heavy rains two years ago, forcing nearly 200,000 people to evacuate, California officials said. Disaster was ultimately averted during the 2017 downpours, but Oroville Dam needed repairs that totaled $1.1 billion. The Department of Water Resources and its contractor, Kiewit, spent the last two years making repairs. A panel of independent investigators blamed the crisis on "long-term systemic failure" dating back to the original design and construction of the two spillways. more


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