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The government failure at the heart of the Oroville Dam crisis

The government failure at the heart of the Oroville Dam crisis

Good morning. It’s Monday, Feb. 20, and here’s what’s going on around California:

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Failure factor

The near-catastrophic failure of the Oroville Dam’s emergency spillway grew out of fundamental problems with its original design — issues that were never corrected despite questions about its adequacy, documents and interviews suggest. "There is no way to rationalize running water down a hillslope with deep soils and a forest on it and weak bedrock," an expert on geology and California water said.

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