February 13, 2017 / 8:46 PM / 8 months ago

Evacuation order remains in effect below damaged California dam

(Reuters) - The evacuation of nearly 200,000 people living down river from the tallest dam in the United States remains in effect but officials are working on a plan to allow the residents to return to their homes, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told a news conference on Monday.

The city of Oroville is empty after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the Lake Oroville Dam, in Oroville, California, U.S. February 13, 2017. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

California water officials were draining water from the Oroville Dam to relieve pressure on a damaged spillway that threatened public safety and led to a sudden evacuation order on Sunday.

Reporting by Gina Cherelus; Editing by Sandra Maler; Editing by Daniel Trotta

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