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Over 100,000 Evacuated From Oroville Dam Emergency

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This aerial view from a California Department of Water Resources drone shows water flowing over the auxiliary spillway at Oroville Dam on Saturday, February 11, 2017, after the lake level exceeded 901 feet elevation above sea level. (Photo: Zack Cunningham / California Department of Water Resources)

Evacuations of over 100,000 people near Oroville Dam remained in effect Monday, as engineers worked to repair damage to an emergency spillway that threatened to send torrents of water into nearby towns. State officials say that the 770-foot dam itself is not in danger and the threat of flooding lessened Monday as Lake Oroville's water level dropped. But more storms are expected this week, prompting officials to continue to drain water from the lake. We discuss the state of the dam, the ongoing impacts on surrounding communities and the condition of the California's water infrastructure.


Paul Rogers, managing editor, KQED's Science unit; environment writer, San Jose Mercury News

Jeff Mount, senior fellow, Public Policy Institute of California; emeritus professor of earth and planetary Sciences, UC Davis

Chris Megerian, reporter, Los Angeles Times