Published on Feb 12, 2017
Feb.12, 2017: Mandatory evacuations are now underway in the Sacramento Valley as they try to prepare for a flood of HISTORIC proportions! Rivers WILL reach levels that have never before been seen and towns will be submerged.
"Armageddon-Like" Scenario in CA | FLOOD GATES OPEN | NO "State of Emergency?
Oroville dam latest footage
Published on Feb 11, 2017
Getting worse by the hour starting erode into the PGE Tower it was filling up with sediment on one side of the river which is causing the river to speed up dramatically
Governor issues emergency order to assist in dealing with Oroville Dam crisis
Gov. Jerry Brown’s office said he has issued an emergency order to help authorities deal with the evacuation and other efforts associated with concerns over the potential for flooding from Oroville Dam spillways.
“I’ve been in close contact with emergency personnel managing the situation in Oroville throughout the weekend, and it’s clear the circumstances are complex and rapidly changing,” Brown said. “I want to thank local and state law enforcement for leading evacuation efforts and doing their part to keep residents safe. The state is directing all necessary personnel and resources to deal with this very serious situation.”
State emergency services officials are planning an 11 p.m. press conference to discuss their efforts.
No word on when evacuations may be lifted
Despite officials saying the immediate threat from Oroville Dam’s damaged spillway has passed, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said no decision has been made on when people will be allowed back into their homes.
Because of the uncertainty about the condition of the spillways, Honea said he is not prepared to risk public safety.
“I’m not going to lift the evacuation order until I have a better idea of what that means and what risk that poses,” Honea said.
Authorities say no looting concerns as 188,000 evacuated
Evacuation totals estimated at 188,000 as authorities say no concerns about looting
Authorities said late Sunday that they had issued evacuation warnings to 188,000 people because of concerns over damage to spillways at the Oroville Dam, but said there were no concerns about looting or problems associated with the move.
Law enforcement throughout the region were on scene in Oroville and other affected communities, but Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said there has been no looting or other crime problems.
“Anytime you take on a situation like this where you seek to evacuate thousands of people on very short notice, it can be a chaotic situation,” Honea said. “We understand that.”
Evacuation centers have opened throughout the area, and Honea said most hotels in Chico were full Sunday night.
Speaking at a 10 p.m. press conference, officials said water had stopped flowing over the emergency spillway and that the release of 100,000 cubic feet of water per second from the main spillway had helped drop the lake level.
“The goal is to get it to drop 50 feet,” said Kevin Lawson, a Cal Fire chief. “If we can continue to do that that’s great, that brings a little bit of calm to what we are trying to accomplish here.”
Bill Croyle, acting director of the state Department of Water Resources, said the fact that the lake had been lowered below the lip of the spillway would allow for inspection of the area, and he praised the decision to order evacuations.
“It was a tough call to make, it was the right call to make to protect the public,” Croyle said.
Water flow over spillway stopped
State officials say the water spilling over the Oroville Dam’s emergency spillway has stopped as the lake level dropped low enough.
At 8:45 p.m. the lake level fell below the lip of the auxiliary spillway for the first time since Saturday and “the flowing has stopped,”said Department of Water Resources spokesman Doug Carlson.
Boulders dropped in effort to shore up spillway
At 9 p.m. a state water official said the concrete lip of the emergency spillway was still holding.
“The erosion has slowed, and I think we’re going to be OK,” said state Department of Water Resources spokesman Chris Orrock.
Orrock said efforts Sunday night to shore up the damage included the use of six helicopters that were dropping containers of boulders onto the damaged hillside.
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