Dramatic Images Show Oroville Dam Crisis

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Aerial view of the Oroville Dam in Butte County on Monday morning. (Feb.13, 2017)
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Oroville lake, the emergency spillway, and the damaged main spillway, are seen from the air on Feb. 13, 2017 in Oroville, California. The erosion damage seen below the emergency spillway caused officials to issue evacuation orders yesterday to over 188,000 people in downstream areas.
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The emergency spillway and the damaged main spillway are seen behind the town of Oroville from the air on Feb. 13, 2017 in Oroville, California. Almost 200,000 people were ordered to evacuate the northern California town after a hole in an emergency spillway in the Oroville Dam threatened to flood the surrounding area.
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In this Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, water flows down Oroville Dam's main spillway, near Oroville, Calif. Officials have ordered residents near the Oroville Dam in Northern California to evacuate the area Sunday, Feb. 12, saying a "hazardous situation is developing" after an emergency spillway severely eroded. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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This Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 image from video provided by the office of Assemblyman Brian Dahle shows water flowing over an emergency spillway of the Oroville Dam in Oroville, Calif., during a helicopter tour by the Butte County Sheriff's office. About 150 miles northeast of San Francisco, Lake Oroville is one of California’s largest man-made lakes, and the 770-foot-tall Oroville Dam is the nation's tallest. (Josh F.W. Cook/Office of Assemblyman Brian Dahle via AP)
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Views of the Oroville Dam downstream from the spillway Feb. 14, 2017.
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California Department of Water Resources
The California Department of Water Resources ended flows from the Oroville Dam spillway after a concrete section eroded on the middle section of the spillway. The Oroville Lake, which is located 150 miles northeast of San Francisco, is one of the largest man-made lakes in California.
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California Department of Water Resources
The concrete section of the Oroville Dam that eroded created a 200-foot-long, 30-foot-deep hole.
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The initial damage to the spillway occurred Tuesday, about 3,000 feet from where water enters from the lake.
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This Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, aerial photo released by the California Department of Water Resources shows the damaged spillway with eroded hillside in Oroville, California. Water will continue to flow over an emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam for another day or so, officials said Sunday.
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In this Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, water flows down Oroville Dam's main spillway near Oroville, Calif. Officials have ordered residents near the Oroville Dam in Northern California to evacuate the area Sunday, Feb. 12, saying a "hazardous situation is developing" after an emergency spillway severely eroded. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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California Department of Water Resources
Engineers don't know what caused the damage, which they say is expected to grow.
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California Department of Water Resources
Water was released over the damaged spillway Thursday afternoon. The California Department of Water Resources and other agencies are continuing to monitor the Lake Oroville spillway flows.
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Aerial view of the Oroville Dam spillway after a concrete section eroded on the middle section of the spillway.
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Another look at Oroville Lake where the spillway is causing thousands to evacuate.
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This photo shows the emergency spillway at the Oroville Dam shortly early Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in Oroville, Calif. Water levels at Lake Oroville are continuing to drop Monday and stopping water from spilling over the spillway. Evacuations for people living below the lake were ordered Sunday after authorities warned the emergency spillway of the Oroville Dam could fail at any time unleashing uncontrolled flood waters on towns below. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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California Department of Water Resources
Engineers from the Department of Water Resources are assessing the options they have to fix spillway and maintain the reservoir's water levels.
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AP
A helicopter sits at a staging area behind bags of rocks near the Oroville Dam, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in Oroville, Calif. Officials from the California Department of Water Resources were considering using helicopters to drop loads of rock on the eroded spillway at Lake Oroville. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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Khallid Shabazz
The Oroville emergency forces road closures leading to commute problems for many.
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California Department of Water Resources
The California Department of Water Resources is preparing a plan to see how the Lake Oroville emergency spillway can be used. In the meantime, they are clearing trees, rocks and dirt close to the hillside where water would flow from the dam.
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Construction equipment moves piles of rock at a staging area near the Oroville Dam, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in Oroville, Calif. State officials have discussed using helicopters to drop loads of rock on the damaged emergency spillway of the dam. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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Bags of rocks used to plug the spillway, giving way to erosion, at the Oroville Dam Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017.
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Haley Miller peers into grocery store that was closed due to an evacuation order Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Oroville, Calif. Thousands of Northern California residents remain under evacuation orders after authorities warned an emergency spillway in the country's tallest Oroville Dam was in danger of failing Sunday and unleashing uncontrolled flood waters on towns below. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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Side-view look of a road that was closed during the spillway emergency.
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Views of the Oroville Dam downstream from the spillway Feb. 14, 2017.
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