Troubled Waters

Water rushes down the main Oroville Dam spillway on Feb. 10.

Water rushes down the main Oroville Dam spillway on Feb. 10.

Photo by Max Whittaker

On Feb. 7, following heavy storms, a massive crater was discovered in the main spillway at Oroville Dam, the tallest in the United States, which led to the use of a second, emergency spillway. Days later, over 180,000 people in the region were forced to evacuate amid threats of the emergency spillway’s collapse. Photojournalist Max Whittaker chronicled the crisis as residents fled to seek safety and shelter.


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