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AP: At least 1,680 dams across the US pose potential risk

Nov. 11, 2019 1:02 PM EST

The security camera at Lake Dunlap Dam near San Antonio was rolling one day last May as it usually does, helping dam operators monitor for signs of trouble. The day, bright and clear, was unremarkable, the water flowing steadily over the top of the dam as it was supposed to. Suddenly and without warning, a...

Citing security, Nevada keeps dams' emergency plans secret

Nov. 10, 2019 9:10 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada keeps emergency response plans for potential dam failures secret for the same reason the U.S. government refuses the state's demands for information about weapons-grade plutonium shipped to the Las Vegas area: It's confidential for security purposes, even for dams at golf course...

Woman arrested in theft of $63K from California fire victim

Nov. 5, 2019 8:00 PM EST

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Northern California authorities have arrested a woman they say scammed $63,100 from a 75-year-old who lost a home in a wildfire last year that killed 85. The Butte County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday the arrest of 29-year-old Brenda Rose Asbury for elder abuse, embezzlement...

California will pay $12M for roads damaged in dam crisis

Oct. 15, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's water resources agency has agreed to pay a Northern California county $12 million to repair roads after a crisis at the country's tallest dam forced nearly 200,000 people to evacuate in 2017. The state Department of Water Resources and Butte County announced the...

Off-duty California sheriff's deputy shoots, kills intruder

Oct. 11, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff's officials say an off-duty sheriff's deputy shot and killed an intruder he said was trying to break into his home in a rural Northern California community. The Yuba County Sheriff's Office said Friday that deputies were sent to a residence in the community of Challenge,...

The Latest: PG&E cuts power in San Francisco Bay Area

Oct. 10, 2019 2:35 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on power outages in California (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric has begun shutting off power to the San Francisco Bay area, adding more than 200,000 customers to a sweeping blackout that already has left a million people in the dark. The utility said...

The Latest: PG&E says massive power outage is 'last resort'

Oct. 8, 2019 10:58 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on power shutoffs in California to prevent wildfires (all times local): 8 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric is defending its decision to shut off power to potentially millions of Californians to prevent deadly wildfires. PG&E wildfire safety expert Sumeet Singh says...

California faces historic power outage due to fire danger

Oct. 8, 2019 10:05 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Millions of people were poised to lose electricity throughout northern and central California after Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announced Tuesday it would shut off power in the largest preventive outage in state history to try to avert wildfires caused by faulty lines. PG&E said...

FEMA program will take Camp Fire trees on private property

Sep. 26, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A federally funded government hazard tree-removal program will remove destroyed trees from last year's deadly Camp Fire that remain on private property and could fall on public roads and facilities. But the Chico Enterprise-Record reports that the Federal Emergency Management Agency...

Woman sought for stealing from California wildfire survivor

Sep. 20, 2019 9:44 PM EDT

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a woman authorities say embezzled more than $63,000 from a senior citizen who lost a home in a devastating Northern California wildfire. The Butte County Sheriff's Office announced Friday that a warrant has been issued for 29-year-old Brenda...