Evacuation ordered for Oroville; auxiliary dam spillway expected to fail


Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

16 thoughts on “Evacuation ordered for Oroville; auxiliary dam spillway expected to fail”

  1. Thank you for this info.This outreach is so important. Our son and DIL ( 7 mos pregnant!) live in Yuba City. They are on their way here now. Will be so glad to see them.

  2. Louise,
    I read your comments on Facebook. Our family wishes you and your family all the best. And thanks for all you have done for our public schools!

  3. Hi Jeff: Here is information on Oroville Dam. This evening’s article in the Sacramento Bee (http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought/article132332499.html) contains 2 dam inundation maps that depict the geographic area that could potentially be affected.
    Butte County prepared an Local Hazards Mitigation Plan, dated June 2016. Appendix D deals with emergencies within the City of Oroville and discusses the potential for failure of the Oroville Dam as described here: https://www.buttecounty.net/Portals/19/LHMP/Butte_County_LHMP_Update_Annex_D_City_of_Oroville.pdf
    There is a total population of 27,574 in the POTENTIAL Oroville Dam inundation zone within Butte County. Within the POTENTIAL inundation zone there are several essential service facilities such as a wastewater treatment plant, several helipads, a few fire stations, and 355 bridges. Natural gas pipelines and other energy related plants are not mentioned in relation to the potential inundation zone.
    DWR’s twitter account seems to be updating frequently with useful information at: https://twitter.com/CA_DWR?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
    I’m keeping folks from Oroville, Yuba City, Marysville in my prayers tonight. Safe travels.

  4. Thoughts and prayers go out to these people. I went to the fairgrounds to deliver food and the look of despair on some faces was heart wrenching.

  5. I am not normally a Union basher, but this one takes the cake. We’re getting quicker and more in-depth coverage of the nation’s largest potential disaster happening in our back yard out of LA and New York than our local “news” paper. The Daily Mail out of UK has FAR better coverage than the Union. The Union can’t even keep up with public broadcasts by the agencies. Kudos to YubaNet!!

  6. Jeff, can you please share what local relief efforts are being organized for our visitors camping at the fairgrounds and filling our hotels?
    To what local agencies might our help be directed?

    1. Here are some useful links:

      1. As of 6:15 p.m. last night: “We will not be receiving donations after 6:30 pm tonight, as we will be closing down the grounds for the evacuees and volunteers to rest. If you’d like to donate items (needed for tomorrow: diaper wipes, ponchos for rain, new adult underwear, and socks), we will be open tomorrow at 8 am to receive donations at Gate 5. Thank you all for your kindness!”

      2. “Nevada County is managing two evacuation shelters. One at the fairgrounds on McCourtney Rd, one at First Baptist Church 1866 Ridge Rd. Both shelters are FULL at this time. Large and small animals are being housed at the fairgrounds only.”

      3. “UPDATE 2/13 at 6:30pm
      The Nevada County Fairgrounds have accepted 800 folks and are currently full. Both the First Baptist Church (1866 Ridge Rd, Grass Valley – across from Nevada Union) and the Calvary Bible Church (11481 CA-174, Grass Valley – across from Union Hill School) are open and accepting folks who need shelter from the night. The Fairgrounds are still accepting livestock and pets. If you have any additional questions about shelters or other services during this time of need please call 211. Updates will continue to be provided on this Facebook page as needed. The Nevada County OES thanks all of our local and regional partners as we work to provide essential services to our displaced friends and neighbors.”

      4. “Evacuee children can receive free clothing through the Karing closet of Nevada County. A representative of the Karing Closet will be coming to the fairgrounds this afternoon to take inventory of needs. If you have special clothing needs you can call 211 or 530-401-6136”

      5. “The Nevada County shelter is full at this time. Placer County fairgrounds in Roseville still has room for evacuees.” http://www.placercountyfair.org/
      Placer County Fairgrounds is providing shelter to evacuees from the Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident. Please park in Parking Lot C, enter Gate C, and check in at the Garden Room.

      For those wishing to donate for the evacuees, the primary needs include:
      Children’s pajamas
      Children’s sweat pants/shirts
      Baby wipes
      Non-perishable food items
      Donations can be dropped off by entering Gate C and go to Lauppe Hall.”

      6. Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery/find-an-open-shelter

      1. Thanks Jeff,

        Perhaps the best thing to do is donate gift cards from budget retail and food stores to the evacuation centers, since they are right there tracking the needs of the guests.

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