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The levees below the Oroville Dam were damaged by heavy floodwaters this winter and many need repairs. Lauren Sommer/KQED hide caption

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Where Levees Fail In California, Nature Can Step In To Nurture Rivers

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Almost 200,000 people were ordered to evacuate after a hole in the emergency spillway in Northern California's Oroville Dam threatened to flood the surrounding area. Climate change could be a factor of extreme flooding in California. Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images hide caption

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With Climate Change, California Is Likely To See More Extreme Flooding

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The Oroville Dam's main spillway as seen on Feb. 14. Crews working round the clock since Sunday have made progress stabilizing this and another spillway damaged by water. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP hide caption

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Water released so far by emergency spillways at Oroville Dam in Northern California washed away roadways, eroded the landscape and flooded communities downstream. Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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An aerial photo released Saturday by the California Department of Water Resources shows the damaged spillway with eroded hillside in Oroville, Calif. William Croyle/California Department of Water Resources via AP hide caption

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Signs Of Hope At Oroville Dam, After Overflow Sparked Large Evacuation Sunday

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