California city sues state over 2017 dam crisis in Oroville

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A small California city at the base of the tallest U.S. dam filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the state over an emergency that forced authorities to order 188,000 people to flee last year, arguing the crisis was caused by decades of mismanagement.

The City of Oroville blames a culture of cronyism and a priority for low cost dam repairs over quality maintenance for the crisis.

Its lawsuit is the latest escalation in years of tension between water managers and

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