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RT News [Russia], by Staff Posted By: PageTurner- Sat, 23 56 2017 02:56:23 GMT Evacuation orders have been issued for an area in northwestern Puerto Rico, after authorities said the Guajataca Dam was failing under the pressure of water accumulated from Hurricane Maria. Operators reported that the structure was failing around 2:10 pm local time on Friday, causing flash flooding downstream on the Rio Guajataca, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in San Juan. The NWS has warned residents in “All Areas surrounding the Guajataca River” to evacuate immediately. “Their lives are in DANGER!” the NWS tweeted just before 8:00pm GMT. The reservoir, created in 1929 by the US Army Corps of Engineers, is located

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Washington Post, by Samantha Schmidt* Posted By: PageTurner- Sat, 23 59 2017 02:59:40 GMT SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO — Tens of thousands of residents in northwestern Puerto Rico were ordered to evacuate Friday amid fears that a dam holding back a large inland lake was in imminent danger of failing because of damage from Hurricane Maria´s floodwaters. Officials worried that as many as 70,000 people could be in the path of a massive amount of rushing water in the event the Guajataca Dam releases into the Guajataca River, which flows north through low’lying coastal communities and empties into the ocean. The dam suffered a “fissure,” Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said in a news conference Friday

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