California dam threatens towns below

Some 188,000 residents are evacuated as a crumbling overflow channel at America's tallest dam shows severe erosion during a wet Northern California winter. [18 photos total]

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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 #
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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) #
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A vacant Walmart is pictured 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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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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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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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 #
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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) #
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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) #
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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) #
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A wrecked car sits abandoned 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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Rock is prepped to be used on 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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The Oroville reservoir level is seen very close to the top of Oroville Dam, after a series of storms led to an increased water level while a damaged spillway hampered efforts to let water out of the reservoir, in Oroville, California. (REUTERS/Max Whittaker) #
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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) #
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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) #
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Violet Orozco (2nd R), 9, has her hair brushed by her sister Bertha (R), of Gridley, California, 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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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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