Author: Jonathan Gudel

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to California Small Businesses

Mar 24, 2017 3:43 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Small nonfarm businesses in 26 California counties and a neighboring Nevada county are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought in the following primary counties that began Oct. 1, 2016, announced Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center – West.

Primary California counties: Alameda, Amador, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Lake, Sacramento, Santa Cruz, Solano and Yolo; Neighboring California counties: Alpine, Butte, Calaveras, Glenn, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, Placer, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma, Stanislaus and Sutter; Neighboring Nevada county:  Douglas.

“SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster and businesses directly impacted by the … continue reading »

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SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to California Businesses and Residents Affected by Severe Storms and Flooding

Mar 21, 2017 11:16 am

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to California businesses and residents affected by severe storms and flooding that occurred Feb. 1-25, 2017, U.S. Small Business Administration’s Administrator Linda McMahon announced today. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr.’s designated representative, Mark S. Ghilarducci, director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, on March 17, 2017.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Alameda, Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Monterey, Napa, Plumas, San Benito, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Yolo and Yuba counties in California; and Washoe County in Nevada.

“SBA is strongly committed to providing California with the most effective and customer-focused response possible, and we will be there to provide access to federal disaster loans to help … continue reading »

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Repairing Roads a Priority from Fallout of Powerful Winter Storms

Mar 15, 2017 9:55 am

Relentless winter storms caused flooding, threats of levee breaches and severe weather across California throughout January and February. While precipitation was much needed after six-plus years of drought, the endless amount of rain and snow in such a short period created public safety concerns.

Most of the wet weather was triggered by atmospheric river storms – waves of moisture that move north from tropical areas and over the West Coast. Recovery from the storms is ongoing and will be a long-term process.

Among the concerns from the storm fallout is significant road damage, specifically in the Sierras. Caltrans District 3, which maintains and operates 1,491 center-line miles and 4,385 lane miles in 11 Sacramento Valley and Northern Sierra counties, has 45 emergency contracts currently open at a cost of $63.4 million.

All of the mountain highways … continue reading »

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Auxiliary Spillway Adds to Folsom Dam’s Multi-Purpose Facility

Mar 1, 2017 1:11 pm

Construction on a new auxiliary spillway at the Folsom Dam is expected to be completed later this year. The auxiliary spillway, which includes a 1,100-foot-long approach channel that will funnel the water from the lake into the spillway, is fitted as a complimentary resource to Folsom Dam’s main functions, allowing water to be released earlier and more safely from Folsom Lake, if needed.

Other auxiliary spillway features, according to the United States Army Corps of Engineers, include: a control structure with six submerged gates that will be controlled in coordination with the gates on the main dam to control water releases; a 3,027-foot-long spillway chute that transports the water from the control structure to the American River below; and a stilling basin that will slow the racing water back to normal flow levels that the … continue reading »

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Resources for Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident

Feb 12, 2017 8:37 pm

On Feb. 12, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services activated the State Operations Center in Sacramento in support of the Oroville Dam emergency spillway incident. The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the incident command team managing Lake Oroville, counties and cities near Lake Oroville and the surrounding area issued evacuation orders for residents later that afternoon.

Below is a list of resources for the Oroville Dam emergency spillway incident. This page will be regularly updated with new resources.


Public Information Line

Oroville Spillway and Butte County Public Information Line: (530) 538-7826
Sutter County Information Lines: (530) 822-7215


Butte County Public Bus Lines 

Para-transit to assist disabled residents with evacuation: (530) 342-0221 or (800) 822-8145

Bus pick-up from Public Assembly Site (Church of Nazarene in Oroville): (530) 342-0221 or (800) 822-8145



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Cal OES Activates SOC in Support of Potential Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Failure

Feb 12, 2017 7:45 pm

SACRAMENTO – The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has activated the State Operations Center to provide assistance to Butte County for the potential Oroville Dam emergency spillway failure.

Cal OES Fire, Law Enforcement and Inland Region personnel are currently working with various response agencies to address all emergency management, evacuation and mutual aid needs.

For more information about this event, and emergency preparedness, please visit and follow us on Twitter @Cal_OES and the California Department of Water Resources @CA_DWR.

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Whether Drought Or Storms, Folsom Dam Is Multi-Purpose Facility

Feb 8, 2017 12:04 pm

Folsom Dam is an important part of California’s flood protection system. Due to the abundance of storms in Northern California this year, the floodgates on the dam have been opened periodically to release water from Folsom Lake, allowing storm runoff to safely flow into the lake without flood danger to communities downstream.

Water flowing freely from the Folsom Dam has been a rare sight throughout the state’s historic six-year drought. During that time, water was primarily released because of the consistent demand of supply.

Just as with the drought, those same floodgates are also opened during significant storms, similar to what California has experienced the past month. Due to its small size, the Folsom Reservoir fills quickly and also empties just as fast.

If not for the … continue reading »

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