Archival footage of California Gov. Ronald Reagan at the formal dedication of the Oroville Dam on May 4, 1968:

Of note, construction of the dam began in 1961 under Gov. Pat Brown, father of California’s current governor, Jerry Brown.

Gov. Brown has requested the assistance of the federal government to deal with the ongoing crisis as crews work to shore up the structure ahead of upcoming storms:

So, will dropping bags of rocks into the holes work? Peter Gleick, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Science, says nope:

Gulp.

Currently, the water level behind the dam is 15 feet lower than it was on Sunday when the emergency spillway started to erode, leading to fears that part of the dam could collapse and flood low-lying areas:

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