Oroville Sues California Over the 2017 Crisis at the Nation's Tallest Dam

Nearly 200,000 people were evacuated in February 2017 due to erosion of the decades-old dam's spillway

A city at the base of the nation's tallest dam is suing the state of California over a crisis that forced authorities to order 188,000 people to flee last year.

The City of Oroville filed suit in Butte County Wednesday alleging the California Department of Water Resources mismanaged Oroville Dam for decades. The suit seeks unspecified damages to reimburse the city for the cost of the evacuation, lost sales tax revenue and other expenses.

The lawsuit is the latest escalation in years of tension between the water managers and the city. Many feel state officials never delivered promised benefits and skimped on maintenance to continue delivering cheap water to farmers and Southern California residents.

A state spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment.

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