| Dam Cracks! Mass Chaos in California, 200,000 Evacuated (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
Almost 200,000 Californians have been evacuated from their homes as a result of the spilling from the Oroville Dam. California authorities continue to try to repair America's tallest dam. Lake Oroville, one of the largest man-made lakes in the United States, suffered severe flooding on Saturday that forced hydraulic engineers to activate an emergency spillway on the 770-foot-dam. The spillways, unused for half a century, failed to control the flooding and a large hole formed Sunday afternoon. Local authorities have blamed the hole on unexpected erosion. The spillway is meant to handle 250,000 cubic feet of water per second, according to California Department of Water Resources spokesman Kevin Dossey. But the cracks first formed at only 12,600 feet per second. Had the spillways totally failed, billions of gallons of water would