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fema assists state officials with oroville dam emergency


"this is not a drill. repeat this is not a drill,” the national weather service said sunday, urging people living below oroville dam to evacuate. more than 100,000 people were told to evacuate because of a “hazardous situation” involving the northern california dam's emergency spillway. at one point, the nws warned that the auxiliary spillway was expected to fail and could send an “uncontrolled release of flood waters from lake oroville.” however, by late sunday night, officials said the immediate threat had passed because water had stopped washing over the emergency spillway. the mass evacuations cap a week of frantic efforts to prevent flooding as the reservoir behind america’s tallest dam reached capacity and its main spillway was severely damaged. on saturday, water levels rose so h






new views of oroville dam's damaged spillways


"this is not a drill. repeat this is not a drill,” the national weather service said sunday, urging people living below oroville dam to evacuate. more than 100,000 people were told to evacuate because of a “hazardous situation” involving the northern california dam's emergency spillway. at one point, the nws warned that the auxiliary spillway was expected to fail and could send an “uncontrolled release of flood waters from lake oroville.” however, by late sunday night, officials said the immediate threat had passed because water had stopped washing over the emergency spillway. the mass evacuations cap a week of frantic efforts to prevent flooding as the reservoir behind america’s tallest dam reached capacity and its main spillway was severely damaged. on saturday, water levels rose so h






park underwater downstream from oroville dam


"this is not a drill. repeat this is not a drill,” the national weather service said sunday, urging people living below oroville dam to evacuate. more than 100,000 people were told to evacuate because of a “hazardous situation” involving the northern california dam's emergency spillway. at one point, the nws warned that the auxiliary spillway was expected to fail and could send an “uncontrolled release of flood waters from lake oroville.” however, by late sunday night, officials said the immediate threat had passed because water had stopped washing over the emergency spillway. the mass evacuations cap a week of frantic efforts to prevent flooding as the reservoir behind america’s tallest dam reached capacity and its main spillway was severely damaged. on saturday, water levels rose so h






officials brief media on oroville situation late sunday


"this is not a drill. repeat this is not a drill,” the national weather service said sunday, urging people living below oroville dam to evacuate. more than 100,000 people were told to evacuate because of a “hazardous situation” involving the northern california dam's emergency spillway. at one point, the nws warned that the auxiliary spillway was expected to fail and could send an “uncontrolled release of flood waters from lake oroville.” however, by late sunday night, officials said the immediate threat had passed because water had stopped washing over the emergency spillway. the mass evacuations cap a week of frantic efforts to prevent flooding as the reservoir behind america’s tallest dam reached capacity and its main spillway was severely damaged. on saturday, water levels rose so h






just in case? workers prep overnight to plug the crevice in the emergency spillw


"this is not a drill. repeat this is not a drill,” the national weather service said sunday, urging people living below oroville dam to evacuate. more than 100,000 people were told to evacuate because of a “hazardous situation” involving the northern california dam's emergency spillway. at one point, the nws warned that the auxiliary spillway was expected to fail and could send an “uncontrolled release of flood waters from lake oroville.” however, by late sunday night, officials said the immediate threat had passed because water had stopped washing over the emergency spillway. the mass evacuations cap a week of frantic efforts to prevent flooding as the reservoir behind america’s tallest dam reached capacity and its main spillway was severely damaged. on saturday, water levels rose so h






saving salmon from feather river hatchery


"this is not a drill. repeat this is not a drill,” the national weather service said sunday, urging people living below oroville dam to evacuate. more than 100,000 people were told to evacuate because of a “hazardous situation” involving the northern california dam's emergency spillway. at one point, the nws warned that the auxiliary spillway was expected to fail and could send an “uncontrolled release of flood waters from lake oroville.” however, by late sunday night, officials said the immediate threat had passed because water had stopped washing over the emergency spillway. the mass evacuations cap a week of frantic efforts to prevent flooding as the reservoir behind america’s tallest dam reached capacity and its main spillway was severely damaged. on saturday, water levels rose so h






sacramento mayor: sikh temples open for evacuees


"this is not a drill. repeat this is not a drill,” the national weather service said sunday, urging people living below oroville dam to evacuate. more than 100,000 people were told to evacuate because of a “hazardous situation” involving the northern california dam's emergency spillway. at one point, the nws warned that the auxiliary spillway was expected to fail and could send an “uncontrolled release of flood waters from lake oroville.” however, by late sunday night, officials said the immediate threat had passed because water had stopped washing over the emergency spillway. the mass evacuations cap a week of frantic efforts to prevent flooding as the reservoir behind america’s tallest dam reached capacity and its main spillway was severely damaged. on saturday, water levels rose so h






gov. jerry brown issues emergency order to speed up state aid


"this is not a drill. repeat this is not a drill,” the national weather service said sunday, urging people living below oroville dam to evacuate. more than 100,000 people were told to evacuate because of a “hazardous situation” involving the northern california dam's emergency spillway. at one point, the nws warned that the auxiliary spillway was expected to fail and could send an “uncontrolled release of flood waters from lake oroville.” however, by late sunday night, officials said the immediate threat had passed because water had stopped washing over the emergency spillway. the mass evacuations cap a week of frantic efforts to prevent flooding as the reservoir behind america’s tallest dam reached capacity and its main spillway was severely damaged. on saturday, water levels rose so h






arriving to empty streets in evacuated oroville


"this is not a drill. repeat this is not a drill,” the national weather service said sunday, urging people living below oroville dam to evacuate. the evacuation was ordered because of a “hazardous situation” involving the northern california dam's emergency spillway. the national weather service said the auxiliary spillway is expected to fail and could send an “uncontrolled release of flood waters from lake oroville.” the mass evacuations cap a week of frantic efforts to prevent flooding as the reservoir behind america’s tallest dam reached capacity and its main spillway was severely damaged. on saturday, water levels rose so high that an emergency spillway was used for the first time. officials initially believed the measure worked. but this afternoon, as more water from record storms






saving salmon from feather river hatchery


"this is not a drill. repeat this is not a drill,” the national weather service said sunday, urging people living below oroville dam to evacuate. the evacuation was ordered because of a “hazardous situation” involving the northern california dam's emergency spillway. the national weather service said the auxiliary spillway is expected to fail and could send an “uncontrolled release of flood waters from lake oroville.” the mass evacuations cap a week of frantic efforts to prevent flooding as the reservoir behind america’s tallest dam reached capacity and its main spillway was severely damaged. on saturday, water levels rose so high that an emergency spillway was used for the first time. officials initially believed the measure worked. but this afternoon, as more water from record storms






it's the emergency spillway, not the oroville dam that has a hole in it


officials emphasized that although erosion had carved a massive hole in the oroville dam's main spillway, the dam itself is structurally sound. “believe me, in the last several days there have been a lot of eyes on it,” said bill croyle, acting director of the california department of water resources. “oroville dam is not in any way a part of the damage that occurred.” officials have estimated it could cost $100 million to $200 million to repair the damage to the spillway and other features.






live updates: evacuations ordered below oroville dam


residents of oroville and nearby towns were ordered to immediately evacuate sunday after a “hazardous situation” developed involving an emergency spillway at the oroville dam. the national weather service said the auxiliary spillway at the oroville dam was expected to fail about 5:45 p.m., which could send an “uncontrolled release of flood waters from lake oroville.” those in oroville, a city of about 16,000 people, were asked to flee northward toward chico. in yuba county, those in the valley areas were urged to take routes to the east, south or west. “this is not a drill. this is not a drill. repeat this is not a drill,” the national weather service said. authorities urged residents to contact neighbors and family members and reach out to the elderly and assist them in evacuating. t






evacuations ordered below oroville dam after a hole is found in its emergency sp


atop mt. wilson, retired engineers keep alive astronomy's 'sistine chapel'updates:11:35 p.m.: this story was updated with new information from the department of water resources.8:15 p.m.: this story was updated with comments from evacuating residents.7:50 p.m.: this story was updated with additional background on the flow of water down the spillway and minor editing.6:55 p.m.: this story was updated with comments from butte county sheriff kory honea. 6:30 p.m.: this story was updated with additional details and minor editing.5:30 p.m.: this article was updated with additional details on the evacuation orders.4:55 p.m.: this article was updated with news of emergency evacuations.this article was originally published at 1:50 p.m.






oroville dam spillway failing; evacuations ordered downstream


follow this live blog for updates on the emergency evacuation ordered for oroville-area residents by the state department of water resources, which predicts that the auxilliary spillway at the oroville dam will fail within the next hour.the department issued the evacuation advisory around 4:40 p.m. sunday, just four hours after holding a press conference where they said they didn’t anticipate such problems.the national weather service in sacramento issued a flash flood and dam failure warning for butte county.this live blog is courtesy of www.chicoer.com






evacuations ordered below oroville dam after a hole is found in its emergency sp


twitter: @matthjournoalso'this is the worst i have seen': california's roads are in dire shape, says former caltrans directorinside the black bloc militant protest movement as it rises up against trumpatop mt. wilson, retired engineers keep alive astronomy's 'sistine chapel'updates:7:50 p.m.: this story was updated with additional background on the flow of water down the spillway and minor editing.6:55 p.m.: this story was updated with comments from butte county sheriff kory honea. 6:30 p.m.: this story was updated with additional details and minor editing.5:30 p.m.: this article was updated with additional details on the evacuation orders.4:55 p.m.: this article was updated with news of emergency evacuations.this article was originally published at 1:50 p.m.






should oroville dam's emergency spillway have been strengthened years ago?


there will be much discussion in the coming weeks about whether more could have been done to prevent the flood panic at the oroville dam, which was caused when first the main spillway and then the emergency spillway suffered damage. more than a decade ago, there was debate about whether the emergency spillway needed to be strengthened to better handle a crisis when the main spillway was damaged. according to the oroville mercury-register, environmental groups called for the emergency spillway to be lined with concrete, but officials rejected the idea. read some state water documents about the debate here.






live updates: evacuations below oroville dam remain in effect as officials try t


officials have begun a complex operation aimed at trying to repair the damaged emergency spillway at oroville dam in advance of new storms coming to the area. chris orrock, spokesman for the department of water resources, said workers were beginning a multi-part operation to repair the emergency spillway. in one part, helicopters are dropping sacks of rocks into a hole created by erosion. dump trucks are also bringing in more rocks to patch other spots and create slurry to solidify it. they're also building a gravel road out to where the helicopters are dropping the rocks. then the trucks can drive out and create a slurry to deposit in the hole and solidify it. "you're putting rocks in a hole. then you're putting slurry in to solidify it," he said. "when water comes down, it will hit






oroville dam spillway may fail; evacuations ordered downstream


oroville — an emergency evacuation has been ordered for oroville-area residents by the state department of water resources, which predicts that the auxilliary spillway at the oroville dam will fail within the next hour.the department issued the evacuation advisory around 4:40 p.m. sunday, just four hours after holding a press conference where they said they didn’t anticipate such problems.the national weather service in sacramento issued a flash flood and dam failure warning for butte county.“at 4:19 p.m., dam operators reported a hazardous situation is developing with the oroville dam auxiliary spillway,” it states. “operation of the auxiliary spillway has lead to severe erosion that could lead to a failure of the structure.”it says that would result in an “uncontrolled release of flood w






race on to fix oroville dam's damaged emergency spillway


workers are expected on monday to begin repairing erosion at the emergency spillway at lake oroville that threatened to flood downstream towns and forced more than 100,000 people from their homes sunday. officials said they would use bags of rocks to try to plug the hole at the emergency spillway. it appeared prep work was beginning monday morning. they emphasized the situation remains dangerous at the reservoir and urged residents in communities along the feather river to evacuate to higher ground.






should oroville dam's emergency spillway have been strengthened years ago?


there will be much discussion in the coming weeks about whether more could have been done to prevent the flood panic at the oroville dam, which was caused when first the main spillway and then the emergency spillway suffered damage. more than a decade ago, there was debate about whether the emergency spillway needed to be strengthened to better handle a crisis when the main spillway was damaged. according to the oroville mercury-herald, environmental groups called for the emergency spillway to be lined with concrete, but officials rejected the idea. read the mercury-herald's f ull story here. read some state water documents about the debate here.






crisis at oroville dam eases somewhat, but officials say danger remains


as more than 100,000 people were ordered to flee to higher ground, officials said sunday that the crisis at the oroville dam had eased somewhat as the water level at the reservoir dropped. that halted water flow from a damaged emergency spillway that officials feared could collapse. but officials stressed the situation is still dangerous and that evacuations should continue. here's where the evacuations have been ordered: 39,000 butte county 65,000 yuba county 76,000 yuba city 12,000 marysville






evacuations ordered below oroville dam after a hole is found in its emergency sp


[email protected]: @matthjournoalso'this is the worst i have seen': california's roads are in dire shape, says former caltrans directorinside the black bloc militant protest movement as it rises up against trumpatop mt. wilson, retired engineers keep alive astronomy's 'sistine chapel'updates:1:25 a.m.: updated with brown action.11:35 p.m.: this story was updated with new information from the department of water resources.8:15 p.m.: this story was updated with comments from evacuating residents.7:50 p.m.: this story was updated with additional background on the flow of water down the spillway and minor editing.6:55 p.m.: this story was updated with comments from butte county sheriff kory honea. 6:30 p.m.: this story was updated with additional details and minor editing.5:30 p






sandbags, rocks used to try to stave off failure of oroville dam spillway


after discovering a hole in oroville dam's emergency spillway, officials said late sunday that they will attempt to plug it using sandbags and rocks. but they stressed the situation remains dangerous and urged thousands of residents downstream to evacuate to higher ground. video from television helicopters sunday evening showed water flowing into a parking lot next to the dam, with large flows going down both the damaged main spillway and the emergency spillway. they also showed lines of cars getting out of downtown oroville. an evacuation center was set up at the silver dollar fairgrounds in chico. officials feared a failure of the emergency spillway could cause huge amounts of water to flow into the feather river, which runs through downtown oroville, and other waterways. the result






emergency spillway used at oroville dam for first time – the mercury news


an emergency spillway at oroville dam was put into use about 8 a.m. saturday for the first time ever to release water from california’s largest state owned reservoir.the state department of water resources said no flooding will result from the water releases from lake oroville into the feather river in butte county.however, they had hoped to avoid using the earthen spillway because shunting water through it will wash dirt, brush and trees into the river.the emergency spillway was activated to reduce releases via the main concrete spillway, which has a gaping hole that has widened since tuesday amid high water levels after a series of storms.with releases restricted from the main spillway, the emergency spillway was needed as well to lower lake water levels, officials said.“we do not expect






evacuations ordered below oroville dam after a hole is found in its emergency sp


[email protected]: @matthjournoalso'this is the worst i have seen': california's roads are in dire shape, says former caltrans directorinside the black bloc militant protest movement as it rises up against trumpatop mt. wilson, retired engineers keep alive astronomy's 'sistine chapel'updates:7:10 a.m.: updated with repair expected to begin.1:25 a.m.: updated with brown action.11:35 p.m.: this story was updated with new information from the department of water resources.8:15 p.m.: this story was updated with comments from evacuating residents.7:50 p.m.: this story was updated with additional background on the flow of water down the spillway and minor editing.6:55 p.m.: this story was updated with comments from butte county sheriff kory honea. 6:30 p.m.: this story was updated






emergency spillway used at oroville dam for first time – the mercury news


an emergency spillway at oroville dam was put into use about 8 a.m. saturday for the first time ever to release water from california’s largest state owned reservoir.the state department of water resources said no flooding will result from the water releases from lake oroville into the feather river in butte county.however, they had hoped to avoid using the earthen spillway because shunting water through it will wash dirt, brush and trees into the river.the emergency spillway was activated to reduce releases via the main concrete spillway, which has a gaping hole that has widened since tuesday amid high water levels after a series of storms.with releases restricted from the main spillway, the emergency spillway was needed as well to lower lake water levels, officials said.“we do not expect






frantic work begins to fix oroville dam's battered emergency spillway in advance


officials have begun a complex operation aimed at trying to repair the damaged emergency spillway at oroville dam in advance of new storms coming to the area. chris orrock, spokesman for the department of water resources, said workers were beginning a multi-part operation to repair the emergency spillway. in one part, helicopters are dropping sacks of rocks into a hole created by erosion. dump trucks are also bringing in more rocks to patch other spots and create slurry to solidify it. they're also building a gravel road out to where the helicopters are dropping the rocks. then the trucks can drive out and create a slurry to deposit in the hole and solidify it. "you're putting rocks in a hole. then you're putting slurry in to solidify it," he said. "when water comes down, it will hit






oroville evacuees flee with nothing


oroville, calif. (ap) — the latest on problems with an emergency spillway at the nation’s tallest dam (all times local):7:20 a.m.kimberly and patrick cumings just moved to oroville from fresno with 3-year-old daughter elizabeth a month ago because of a new job.they were eating at a restaurant when the evacuation order happened and ended up in an evacuation shelter without their belongings.a driver with a large vehicle and three children of her own gave them a ride to the red cross evacuation center at the silver dollar fairgrounds in chico, where they stayed sunday night.they say they thought about waiting it out but decided against it.they left all of their belongings at the hotel where they were staying. kimberly cumings says she’d rather be safe than sorry.___6:10 a.m.state officials ar






live updates: frantic fight to lower lake oroville water level before new storms


officials have begun a complex operation aimed at trying to repair the damaged emergency spillway at oroville dam in advance of new storms coming to the area. chris orrock, spokesman for the department of water resources, said workers were beginning a multi-part operation to repair the emergency spillway. in one part, helicopters are dropping sacks of rocks into a hole created by erosion. dump trucks are also bringing in more rocks to patch other spots and create slurry to solidify it. they're also building a gravel road out to where the helicopters are dropping the rocks. then the trucks can drive out and create a slurry to deposit in the hole and solidify it. "you're putting rocks in a hole. then you're putting slurry in to solidify it," he said. "when water comes down, it will hit






the latest: oroville evacuees flee with nothing


oroville, calif. — the latest on problems with an emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam (all times local):7:20 a.m.kimberly and patrick cumings just moved to oroville from fresno with 3-year-old daughter elizabeth a month ago because of a new job.they were eating at a restaurant when the evacuation order happened and ended up in an evacuation shelter without their belongings.a driver with a large vehicle and three children of her own gave them a ride to the red cross evacuation center at the silver dollar fairgrounds in chico, where they stayed sunday night.they say they thought about waiting it out but decided against it.they left all of their belongings at the hotel where they were staying. kimberly cumings says she'd rather be safe than sorry.___6:10 a.m.state officials are wai






videos shows the massive fight to repair oroville dam's crippled emergency spill


in advance of new rains, workers frantically tried tuesday to repair the crippled emergency spillway at oroville dam. helicopters are dropping sacks of rocks into a hole created by erosion. dump trucks are also bringing in more rocks to patch other spots and create slurry. here are some videos of the effort:






evacuations ordered below oroville dam after a hole is found in its emergency sp


twitter: @[email protected]: @matthjournoalso'this is the worst i have seen': california's roads are in dire shape, says former caltrans directorinside the black bloc militant protest movement as it rises up against trumpatop mt. wilson, retired engineers keep alive astronomy's 'sistine chapel'updates:8:44 a.m.: this story was updated with more information on preparations for repair work. 7:10 a.m.: this story was updated with news that the repair is expected to begin.1:25 a.m. feb. 13: this story was updated with news of gov. brown’s action.11:35 p.m.: this story was updated with new information from the department of water resources.8:15 p.m.: this story was updated with comments from evacuating residents.7:50 p.m.: this story was updated with additional backg






danger lurking at oroville dam: days of rain coming


in some ways, the efforts to make repairs to the damaged emergency spillway at the oroville dam are a race against time. forecasters say monday and tuesday should be dry. but on wednesday, more rain is possible. and the wet weather is expected to continue into the weekend. the rain is likely to increase water levels at lake oroville. sunday night, officials were able to send water out of the damaged main spillway, taking pressure off the emergency spillway. workers plan to make repairs to the emergency spillway beginning monday.






oroville abandoned after last minute evacuations


more than 100,000 people were told to evacuate from areas near oroville dam in northern california on sunday because officials feared that an emergency spillway could fail, sending huge amounts of water into the feather river, which runs through downtown oroville, and other waterways. but by late sunday night, officials said the immediate threat had passed.






oroville abandoned after last-minute evacuations


more than 100,000 people were told to evacuate from areas near oroville dam in northern california on sunday because officials feared that an emergency spillway could fail, sending huge amounts of water into the feather river, which runs through downtown oroville, and other waterways. but by late sunday night, officials said the immediate threat had passed.






officials order evacuation of residents near california dam


oroville, calif. — officials have ordered residents near one of the nation's biggest dams to evacuate the area, saying a "hazardous situation is developing" after an emergency spillway severely eroded.the emergency spillway of the oroville dam in northern california could fail within an hour unleashing uncontrolled flood waters from lake oroville, the california department of water resources said on sunday afternoon.people in downstream areas need to leave the area immediately, the department said.residents of oroville, a town of 16,000 people, should head north toward chico, and other cities should follow orders from their local law enforcement agencies, the butte county sheriff's office said.water began flowing over the emergency spillway at the dam on saturday after heavy rainfall damag






evacuations lifted for communities below oroville dam


authorities lifted mandatory evacuation orders tuesday for communities below the oroville dam. at a news conference tuesday afternoon, butte county sheriff kory honea announced the order had been changed to an evacuation warning after he said the risk of flooding had been reduced. "we have concluded it is safe to reduce the emergency evacuation order to an evacuation warning," said honea, who had made the initial call sunday to evacuate a large swath of three counties below the imperiled dam. at the time, residents were told the spillway to the dam could collapse within an hour. roadblocks on the two main highways leading to oroville were dismantled without announcement by midday tuesday. "thousands of lives were protected" and the loss of the spillway was averted, honea said. he sa






diagram explains the problem with oroville dam;s emergency spillway


more than 100,000 people were told to evacuate from areas near oroville dam in northern california on sunday because officials feared that an emergency spillway could fail, sending huge amounts of water into the feather river, which runs through downtown oroville, and other waterways. but by late sunday night, officials said the immediate threat had passed.






engineers race to lower water level of oroville reservoir before new storms


state water officials continued to lower the level of lake oroville on tuesday in anticipation of a series of storms that were forecast to begin arriving with new rain late wednesday. by 7 a.m. tuesday, department of water resources crews had lowered the reservoir level by at least 11 feet from the point at which it threatened potential disaster this weekend. the water level at oroville peaked on saturday at about 902 feet, which sent water cascading over a concrete weir and into an unlined emergency spillway that had never been used. on sunday however, the earthen emergency spillway began to show signs of heavy erosion. fearing that the damage could undermine the concrete weir that formed the lake’s shore and cause it to fail, and send a wall of water coursing into the feather river b






water flow slowing over emergency spillway at tallest us dam


oroville, calif. — officials say water will continue to flow over an emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam for another day or so.water began flowing over the emergency spillway at the oroville dam in northern california on saturday for the first time in its nearly 50-year history after heavy rainfall.california department of water resources spokesman eric see said at a sunday press conference that skies are clear and the overflow is steadily slowing. it's expected to stop by midday monday.in addition to the emergency spillway, water also flowed through the main spillway that was significantly damaged from erosion. officials said they'll assess the damage starting monday.see stressed the dam is structurally sound and there was no threat to the public.about 150 miles northeast of sa






the latest: oroville hospital moves patients to 2nd floor


oroville, calif. — the latest on problems with an emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam (all times local):11:45 a.m.the chief executive of the oroville hospital says it is operating normally but that 100 patients have been moved to the hospital's second floor.hospital ceo robert wentz says the hospital took the step monday morning "out of an abundance of caution."the hospital is outside the flood zone below the dam on oroville lake and sits on a hill.wentz says evacuating acutely ill people is difficult so it is usually better for them to stay where they are.he says patients will not go back to the hospital's first floor until authorities tell the hospital it is safe to do so.___7:20 a.m.kimberly and patrick cumings just moved to oroville from fresno with 3-year-old daughter eliza






video: official update on the threatened oroville dam spillway


feb. 12, 2017, 7:21 p.m. "this is not a drill. repeat this is not a drill,” the national weather service said sunday, urging people living below oroville dam to evacuate. the evacuation was ordered because of a “hazardous situation” involving the northern california dam's emergency spillway. the national weather service said the auxiliary spillway is expected to fail and could send an “uncontrolled release of flood waters from lake oroville.”






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