SD Swift Water Rescue Team on Standby for Oroville Dam Area

The Lake Oroville Dam is located 75 miles north of Sacramento, and is the tallest earth-filled dam in the United States

San Diego Fire-Rescue’s Swift Water Rescue Team 8 will no longer deploy to Northern California to help with the compromised emergency spillway situation at the Lake Oroville Dam.

They were activated Sunday by the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES).

However, as of Monday morning, the orders were canceled. The team will remain on standby, officials said.

Cal OES activated all 13 swift water rescue teams in the state to support Sunday's evacuation of nearly 200,000 people in Northern California.

Towns south of Lake Oroville and the Oroville Dam were evacuated to higher ground after officials warned the dam's emergency spillway was in danger of failing and unleashing uncontrolled flood waters on towns below.

The lake that also serves as a reservoir has swelled significantly in recent weeks because California has been hit by a series of storms that have dumped rain and snow across the state, particularly in northern California where the lake lies about 150 miles northeast of San Francisco.

The Governor's Office of Emergency Services is coordinating with local and federal emergency response officials.

The 15 personnel that make up Team 8 include 11 lifeguards specially trained in swift water rescue and paramedic support.

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