California officials have lifted the evacuation order affecting hundreds of thousands of residents in the areas surround the Oroville Dam in Northern California.
Residents will be allowed to return to their homes and businesses allowed to reopen, said Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea.
In a press conference Tuesday, Honea said that thousands of lives were protected from the prospect of a spillway failure due to those that directed the rapid evacuation.
While those evacuations were taking place, workers at the spillway prevented more damage to a massive hole that was developing.
Ahead of more storms are expected to batter Northern California later this week, workers reduced the level of lake below the top of the spillway, which halted erosion. Workers also increased the primary flow from the primary spillway to prepare for future inflows, reducing the possibility that the emergency spillway will be needed in the future.
Officials also developed a plan to fortify the area in front of the emergency spillway with boulders and concrete to prevent against future erosion.
The upcoming storms heightened the sense of urgency for the workers who are attempting to stabilize the area surrounding the Oroville Dam, but the new storms should not pose a threat to the emergency spillway as of today, officials said.Read More...
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