California Spillway Failing; 188,000 Told to Evacuate

Emergency workers will try to save a spillway that's been threatening to fail in Butte County, California.

People near Lake Oroville were ordered to evacuate Sunday afternoon because the spillway was eroding.

Water started flowing over the structure, which could lead to uncontrolled water release.

But officials now say the erosion is not advancing as quickly as they expected.

So they plan to drop some rocks from a helicopter, in an attempt to plug the hole caused by erosion.

188,000 evacuated residents were told to head north toward Chico.

The spillway is connected to the Oroville Dam, the nation's tallest.


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