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A building is submerged from the overflowing Feather River downstream from a damaged dam at Riverbend Park on Feb. 14, 2017, in Oroville, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Thanks to emergency preparedness and quick action by local and state officials, it appears that the Oroville Dam crisis has been averted, but communities across the country should consider this incident a wake-up call.

The Sacramento Bee reports that the flood-control manual for the Oroville Dam hadn’t been updated in nearly half a century and applied obsolete weather models. Experts say that structural failures were responsible for the crisis; however, this outdated document indicates that maintaining the dam likely wasn’t the biggest priority for local officials in Oroville. And they’re not alone.

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