Dam managers dismissed concern 12 years ago

The water from the Feather River flows through Oroville, Calif., Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. Water levels at Lake Oroville, which feeds the river are continuing to drop, stopping water from spilling over the spillway. Thousands of Northern California residents were asked to evacuate their homes Sunday evening 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)Environmental activists and local government officials warned about the risk of catastrophic flooding below the California’s Oroville Dam in 2005.

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