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Millions of gallons of rushing water continue to pound and erode the massive Lake Oroville Dam spillway on Feb. 10, 2017. (Credit: Brian van der Burg/Los Angeles Times)

Millions of gallons of rushing water continue to pound and erode the massive Lake Oroville Dam spillway on Feb. 10, 2017. (Credit: Brian van der Burg/Los Angeles Times)

The California National Guard is on standby and ready to assist with the Oroville Dam emergency, Adjutant General David Baldwin said during Sunday night’s press conference.

The California National Guard put out an alert to all 23,000 of its soldiers and airmen telling them to be “ready to go if needed,” Baldwin said. The last time officials sent out such a broad notification was during the 1992 riots in Los Angeles, he said.

The California National Guard would deploy eight helicopters to assist with spillway reconstruction; military police would also be deployed to Yuba County, Baldwin said.

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