LOCAL CALIFORNIA

The rain has started to return in Northern California and will continue over the next few days, but officials aren't as concerned about the upcoming weather so much as the damage already done to the Oroville Dam's already compromised main spillway.

The risk of flooding has dropped substantially, but Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea warned residents Wednesday that they remain in "an emergency situation."

Timeline: $100 million in damage, more than 100,000 ordered to evacuate and more rain on the way

More rain ahead: At least four inches of precipitation is predicted for the area, beginning Wednesday and continuing into early next week. None
More rain ahead: At least four inches of precipitation is predicted for the area, beginning Wednesday and continuing into early next week.

California and local officials are rushing to repair the spillways at Lake Oroville and lower the water level by as much as 50 feet ahead of rain forecast for later this week. Damage to the spillway was first noticed Feb. 7. That set off a series of actions by officials concerned that damage to an emergency spillway could cause large amounts of water to be dumped into the Feather River, which runs through downtown Oroville.

Here's a breakdown of what happened -- and how

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