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Damage to Oroville Dam's spillway worsens as officials consider emergency measures

Damage to Oroville Dam's spillway worsens as officials consider emergency measures

As millions of gallons of rushing water continued to pound and erode the massive Lake Oroville Dam spillway on Friday, dozens of onlookers gathered on a nearby hillside to catch a glimpse of the muddy spectacle. 

"I've never seen it like this, ever,” said Charles Wing, an Oroville bricklayer. “And I've been here 44 years,” he said.

Elberta Portman, 63, drove up from the Sacramento area with her husband, Dennis, 66, just to take a look. They weren’t disappointed: A mighty wave of water tumbled down the concrete chute at up to 50 miles per hour and exploded into the air as it hit the fracture that has opened up in the spillway in the last few...

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