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Oroville Dam, for 1st time in history, uses emergency spillway – SFGate

California’s second-largest reservoir filled with so much water Saturday, thanks to extraordinary winter storms and unexpected damage to a release channel, that officials at Oroville Dam took the unprecedented step of opening the lake’s emergency spillway.

Dam operators said the maneuver posed no risk of flooding or dam failure on the Feather River, about 75 miles north of Sacramento. But the untested move sent lake water cascading down a muddy hillside where boulders and brush in the unpaved spill route threatened to wash into the river and create hazards for fish and levees downstream.

Source: Oroville Dam, for 1st time in history, uses emergency spillway – SFGate

Be prepared for “1st time in history” becoming a much more common place phrase.

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