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Water Flowing Down Damaged Main Spillway At Oroville Dam

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) – Water officials have reopened the damaged spillway at Oroville Dam after another set of rainstorms began moving across Northern California. The Los Angeles Times reports state officials say water could continue pouring down the spillway for up to two weeks. Using the spillway was necessary because enough water can’t be released through the powerhouse underneath the dam to keep up with the inflow to the lake. The National Weather Service expects scattered showers through Thursday in the area. In February, authorities ordered the evacuation of 188,000 people downstream after surging releases of water tore away big chunks of the main spillway and then the dam’s second, emergency spillway. Residents were allowed to return home later that same week. Authorities said the dam itself suffered no damage.