Author: Jonathan Gudel

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 http://www.caloes.ca.gov 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.

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Damage Assessments Ongoing As Storms Clear Out


Jan 25, 2017 2:25 pm

Significant storms have battered the entire state of California this winter.  A series of three storms last week contributed to record rainfall in Southern California, including an all-time mark of 3.87 inches at the Long Beach Airport.

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued two emergency proclamations to secure funding to help communities respond to and recover from severe winter storms that have caused flooding, mudslides, erosion, debris flow and damage to roads and highways.

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is in the midst of assessing damages and assisting residents with the recovery phase.

“After five years of drought, basically we had areas that just weren’t ready to receive the amount of rainfall that it did,” said Dan Bout, Cal OES Assistant Director of Response. “and this wasn’t just any normal rainstorm.”

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Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Counties Across California Following Severe Winter Storms


Jan 23, 2017 10:00 pm

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued two emergency proclamations to secure funding to help communities respond to and recover from severe winter storms that have caused flooding, mudslides, erosion, debris flow and damage to roads and highways.

The emergency proclamations issued due to January and December storms – for the counties of Alameda, Alpine, Butte, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Humboldt, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Los Angeles, Madera, Marin, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura, Yolo, Yuba and Del Norte – direct Caltrans to formally request immediate assistance through the Federal … continue reading »


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Time is now to reassess flood preparedness before next storm


Jan 13, 2017 3:46 pm

The calm is here before yet another storm is upon us. After heavy rain and snow ushered in 2017 earlier this week, the National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting that an additional significant storm is on the horizon for California beginning as early as Tuesday.

“We’re looking at another atmospheric river storm for Tuesday and Wednesday of next week,” said NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist Michelle Mead. “We have dry/sunny weather from now, Friday, January 13, through Tuesday, January 17. This will be time for high running river and creeks to recede and for the ground to soak up some of the standing water that is around.”

Some areas received heavy precipitation throughout a seven-day observation period. Soda Springs recorded between 21-22 inches of precipitation, followed by … continue reading »


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Experts Warn About Significant Impacts From Impending Storms


Jan 6, 2017 3:32 pm

Heavy precipitation and high snow levels are expected to slam California this weekend with potential for significant flooding. Forecasts from the National Weather Service (NWS) indicate moderate precipitation is projected to arrive Saturday, but the brunt of the storm should hit Sunday.

Travel will be significantly impacted. Other concerns include debris flows in burn-scarred areas due to recent wildfires.

Additional storms are possible beginning Tuesday and into next weekend. This weekend’s storms may only be the start of a prolonged event lasting into next week and possibly longer.

“How these storms evolve, their intensity, duration, and time between storms will determine whether this event is merely memorable or more historic in nature,” said NWS meteorologist Dan Keeton.

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