California officials to update community about troubled dam

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) California water officials plan to update a Northern California community about their efforts to repair the nation's tallest dam after damage to its spillways forced nearly 200,000 people to evacuate last February.

The crisis in Oroville was averted, but as the rainy winter season begins, Department of Water Resources officials on Wednesday will explain their efforts to ensure the area doesn't again face such a scare.

The community meeting is the first since federal officials made public their concerns about a series of hairline cracks in freshly laid concrete on the rebuilt spillway. State officials say cracking is normal and federal regulators agreed that no immediate repairs are necessary.

Oroville Mayor Linda Dahlmeier said last week the state hasn't been communicating enough with her town about the ongoing repair effort.

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