President Trump Approves California Emergency Declaration

Feb 15, 2017 1:01 am

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Press Release issued on February 14, 2017: 


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the State of California to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from the potential failure of the emergency spillway at Lake Oroville Dam beginning on February 7, 2017, and continuing.

The President’s action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts that have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the … continue reading »

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Butte County Sheriff’s Office to Reduce Immediate Evacuation Order to Evacuation Warning

Feb 14, 2017 2:51 pm

Butte County Sheriff’s Office issued the following today February 14, 2017:


Butte County Sheriff’s Office to Reduce Immediate Evacuation Order to Evacuation Warning

Due to lower lake levels, further inspections, ongoing work to shore-up the Oroville Dam emergency spillway and updated weather forecasts, effective at 1:00 p.m. today, the Evacuation Order for the Oroville Dam Spillway Incident has been reduced to an Evacuation Warning. Any resident displaced by the evacuation may return home at 1:00 p.m.; however all residents are advised to remain vigilant and prepared as conditions can rapidly change. People who have special needs or require extended time to evacuate should consider remaining evacuated.

An Evacuation Warning means the immediate threat has ended but the potential for an emergency remains and therefore residents must remain prepared for the possibility … 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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Twitter – @Cal_OES


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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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Governor Brown Requests Presidential Major Disaster Declaration Due to January Storms

Feb 10, 2017 8:11 pm

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for the state to bolster ongoing state and local recovery efforts following January storms that caused flooding, mudslides, erosion, power outages and damage to critical infrastructure across California.

Governor Brown also issued an executive order today that adds the counties of Amador, Mono and Riverside to the 49 counties already included in the emergency proclamation issued last month due to January storms. The order also authorizes state funding through the California Disaster Assistance Act for 34 counties impacted by the storms and directs the California Department of Transportation to formally request immediate assistance through the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program for Amador and Riverside counties.

The Governor’s request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration due to January storms can … continue reading »

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Dangerous Driving in the High Sierras

Feb 8, 2017 5:34 pm

The rain continues by way of a series of storms, another atmospheric river, and that’s making travel over the Sierras treacherous. Water on top of the many feet of snow already there is a potent cocktail only cautious drivers should attempt. Of course, don’t drive in these conditions unless you have to.

We spoke to Dave Wood, Caltrans Donner Pass Superintendent, who was at Donner Pass a short while ago. We were lucky to get him at all due to the poor cell signal, but what he has to say was worth the effort.



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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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