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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.

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