Efforts to stabilize erosion authorities feared could lead to a failure of America’s tallest dam reached a point where they were no longer requiring evacuation of the Oroville, California, area, an order that affected almost 200,000 people. Still, work to lower the level of the reservoir above continued with urgency as a series of rainstorms approached.
Since financially struggling Flint, Michigan, changed its water source without adding a chemical to control corrosion, residents have been unhappy with the water’s smell, taste and appearance, and have reported rashes, hair loss and other ailments. One activist, Melissa Mays, told the Detroit News she loved the city despite its economic troubles, tied to the loss of auto industry jobs, but with her three sons suffering a bevy of medical problems they believe are linked to the water, she now wants to leave, if she can sell her home. “Trapped is a pretty decent word,” she said.