On February 12, the Lake Oroville Dam emergency spillway in Butte County suffered potentially catastrophic damage as a result of erosion secondary to water flow. In response, approximately 188,000 people from counties and cities near Lake Oroville were ordered to immediate evacuate.
Evacuations are more common than many people realize. Almost every year, people living along the coastline on the east coast and along the gulf states are evacuated due to hurricanes. While here in California, most evacuations are caused by wildfires or floods.
Most disasters are the result of some force of nature, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods. Some natural disasters can be predicted, such as hurricanes and severe winter storms, while others, such as tornadoes and earthquakes, happen with little or no warning.
A lot of work triggered by storms two to three weeks ago rages on, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Agencies, public and private, and their contractors have many irons in the fire in Butte County to make repairs to the Oroville Dam spillways, dredge the diversion pools, get the power plant back online and keep the community there and downstream safe.
At the Oroville Dam, DWR is maintaining a zero-flow on the controlled spillway. Without water releases, crews have been able to get into the area below the spillway and remove roughly 168,000 cubic yards of material from the diversion pool as of 8 a.m. Friday. Construction crews continue to remove debris both on land and on any one of five barges. … continue reading »
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 »
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
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.