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CA evacuees return home

More than 2,000 residents are expected to start returning home today as water levels at the Prado Dam return to normal.

BY HEATHER MOYER | CORONA, Calif. | January 17, 2005

More than 2,000 residents are expected to start returning home today as water levels at the Prado Dam return to normal.

Authorities had evacuated more than 800 homes in Corona Thursday night and Friday morning as water built up behind the Prado Dam. According to the Corona Police Department, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers notified the city about high water levels and safety concerns about the structure of the dam Thursday evening.

There was also concern over a small leak at one of the dam's construction sites. The leak has been repaired, and now that water levels are dropped again, residents are being allowed home.

Residents from the west end of the town were evacuated to a local high school and a local state of emergency was declared.

Corona is 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles. More than a week of heavy rain has drenched southern California, damaging homes and causing a deadly mudslide in La Conchita.


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