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The Wall Street Journal: Evacuees around damaged Northern California dam can return home

SAN FRANCISCO — Nearly 200,000 people who fled communities around a Northern California dam over fears of catastrophic flooding can return home, officials said Tuesday.

An evacuation order was lifted for areas around Lake Oroville after state officials determined the facility had been safely stabilized.

The evacuations were ordered Sunday after officials warned an auxiliary spillway of the reservoir — which allows the safe diversion of overflow water — was in danger of failure. That spillway had eroded while it was being used to help lower rising lake levels from heavy rain and snow.

However, officials said they have managed to drain the lake enough to take pressure off that spillway.

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