Oroville dam is expected to fail within the hour
The emergency spillway of the Oroville Dam in northern California is severely eroded and people living downstream should leave immediately, officials have warned.
Around 16,000 people who live in the town of Oroville and should head north towards Chico.
Emergency evacuations have also been ordered for Yuba City and other towns and villages along the Feather River in Sutter County.
Thousands of lives could be at stake
Water began flowing into the emergency spillway at the dam on Saturday after heavy rainfall blasted the main spillway.
Bits of concrete were sent flying out of the main spillway which created a 200-foot long, 30-foot deep hole which is only growing.
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