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Oroville crisis drives harder look at aging US dams

Oroville crisis drives harder look at aging US damsSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One year after the worst structural failures at a major U.S. dam in a generation, federal regulators who oversee California's half-century-old, towering Oroville Dam say they are looking hard at how they overlooked its built-in weaknesses for decades.



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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to release water from two Houston-area dams: statement

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to release water from two Houston-area dams: statementThe Corps of Engineers said it needs to release water now to prevent uncontrolled water flowing from the dams. Water is being released from the Addicks and Barker into Buffalo Bayou, the primary body of water running through Houston. “If we don’t begin releasing now, the volume of uncontrolled water around the dams will be higher and have a greater impact on the surrounding communities,” said Col. Lars Zetterstrom, Galveston District commander of the Corps.



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Reservoirs and Dams Under Tremendous Strain

Reservoirs and Dams Under Tremendous StrainTens of thousands of homes are under threat due to the record rainfall in Texas, as the Army Corps of Engineers sends water downstream to relieve pressure on dams.



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As Officials Attempt To Protect Dams, More Houston Neighborhoods Deal With Flooding

As Officials Attempt To Protect Dams, More Houston Neighborhoods Deal With FloodingHOUSTON – While officials in Houston used controlled releases of water from dams to try to keep them from failing amid relentless rainfall, residents of the Fleetwood neighborhood wedged between the Addicks and Barker reservoirs dealt with a new onslaught of flooding from the dams themselves.



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