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Calif. dam leaks prompt evacuation of over 1,000

CORONA, Calif. -- Authorities released a fierce river of brown water from a Southern California dam and evacuated more than 1,000 people from its path yesterday after an earthen barrier at the site began seeping water.

The Army Corps of Engineers unleashed more than 10,000 cubic feet of water per second to relieve pressure on the dam southeast of Los Angeles. ''That's like a swimming pool every second," Corona Mayor Darrell Talbert said.

The water gushed into the Santa Ana River, whose banks were deep enough to handle the flow, said Lieutenant Colonel John Guenther, deputy commander of the corps' Los Angeles district.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch in the area.

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