Tag: Flooding

Swiftwater Rescue Teams Pre-Positioned Throughout State Ahead of Storms

Feb 20, 2017 6:01 pm

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services pre-positioned nine Swiftwater Search and Rescue teams throughout the state as a precautionary measure with another significant storm pounding Northern California. The teams are currently staged in the counties of Butte, Yuba, Sutter, Sacramento, Stanislaus, and Merced.

The pre-positioning of these specialized resources is a proactive measure to protect lives and provide rapid response to requests for assistance from local government during the current storms. Teams are deployed as part of the Cal OES Fire & Rescue Mutual Aid system, which is a neighbor helping neighbor sharing of resources.

“The pre-deployment is a move by Cal OES to be proactive in our ability to protect lives in the event that the resources are needed and to decrease the response time for specialized resources that we have available,” said Brian Woodbeck, … 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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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.

If not for the … continue reading »

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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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Don’t Get Caught Off-Guard by Flash Flooding

Jan 24, 2017 11:09 am

Take a long, hard look at the photos in this story. These were posted on social media by two people on the scene of flash flooding that devastated the El Capitan State Beach campground in Santa Barbara County on January 20th. Santa Barbara Fire officials say nearly two dozen people had to be rescued, and luckily no one was killed. KTLA reported that rescues began before 10:30 a.m., when mud, tree branches and debris clogged a creek at El Capitan State Beach and caused runoff to overflow the park’s campground, according to Santa Barbara County fire spokesman Mike Eliason. The flooding inundated tents, yurts and campground buildings and caused a number of cabins and parked cars to float away and eventually become pinned in a pile of debris, according to Eliason.

How do you prepare yourself for … continue reading »

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Flood Control Gets Weir’d

Jan 12, 2017 6:21 pm

It’s been quite some time since California got a good soaking and this last series of storms has definitely left its mark. Just this morning an additional 15 gates were opened on the Sacramento Weir.

“Excuse me? Sacramento Weir?”  We’ve been hearing this a lot the past few days at Cal OES. Even from residents in the Sacramento region. So, we thought it would be helpful or at least interesting to explain what all this “Weir” talk is about.

Sacramento Valley has a history of floods that goes back as long as people have populated the region. Prior to flood management, the Sacramento Valley would become an “inland sea,” nearly every year during the winter months.

In fact, in January 1850, a major flood devastated the new city of Sacramento, as well as other low lying towns in the … continue reading »

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