State officials in California have ordered the evacuation of over 180,000 residents living below the Oroville Dam. As of right now, there is no word on when the order will be rescinded. The evacuation was ordered by the Butte County Sheriff’s Department.
The Butte County officials say affected areas include downtown Oroville and Thermalito as well as the towns of Gridley, Biggs, and Loma Rica. Areas along the Feather River south of Butte County are also affected.
Evactuations have also been ordered in Yuba County including areas near Hallwood, Marysville, Oliverhurst/Linda and Plumas Lake.
One of the dam’s emergency spillways could fail at any time. Water has been washing over the auxiliary spillway all weekend, up until late Sunday evening.
Check out the news report below for more information on the crisis:
Natural disasters can always be a huge danger if warnings are not heeded. The people living near the Oroville Dam need our prayers right now.
Residents Kaysi and Greg Levias detailed their ordeal, “The police came and told us to evacuate.” Greg continued, “I’m just shocked. Pretty mad.” And Kaysi finished his sentence, “Not giving us more warning.”
Kaysi went on, “We’ve never been through this before. We have two boys and our dog. All the stuff we could fit in the trunk – clothes and blankets.”
Residents were told the spillway could fail within an hour.
Officials are planning to plug the hole in the dam using helicopters to drop rocks.
The Governor activated the California Swift Water Rescue Teams in case of the worst.
Residents were told to evacuate to the following areas where evacuation centers have been set up:
- Silver Dollar Fairgrounds at 2357 Fair Street in Chico (small animals accepted)
- Paradise Alliance Church (CMA) at 6491 Clark Road in Oroville (small animals accepted, RVs allowed in parking lot)
- Elks Lodge (Paradise) 1100 Elks Lane, Paradise – (no small animals accepted, RVs allowed in parking lot)
Residents evacuating in RVs can also find shelter at the Rolling Hills RV Park in Corning.
Shelter for large animals is available at Camelot Equestrian Park on 1985 Clark Road in Oroville.
Butte County residents are urged to call 2-1-1 for evacuation information. Yuba and Sutte residents can call 1-866-916-3566.
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H/T: Los Angeles Times