OROVILLE, Calif. - An immediate evacuation for Oroville and areas downstream has been ordered. Supervisor Bill Connelly said specifically people who live in Downtown Oroville, Thermalito, and Palermo. The Department of Water Resources said the the mandatory evacuation is now extending to the Sutter County line.
An evacuation center has been set up at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico. The Elks Lodge in Paradise is also opening their RV Park for free to evacuees. Space is limited in the RV Park.
Highway 99, leaving Oroville, has been shut down to all southbound traffic and all four lanes will be open to northbound traffic.
Oroville Hospital said they are not taking non-emergency patients out of the hospital at this time but they are moving emergency patients. They are encouraging non-emergency patients to shelter in place.
A hazardous situation has developed with the Oroville Dam emergency spillway. Officials say that operation of the auxiliary spillway has lead to severe erosion that could lead to a failure of the structure.
Failure of the emergency spillway structure will result in an uncontrolled release of flood waters from Lake Oroville.
In response to this developing situation, DWR is increasing water releases to 100,000 cubic feet per second. Immediate evacuation from the low levels of Oroville and areas downstream has been ordered.
Officials anticipated a failure of the auxiliary spillway at Oroville Dam within 60 minutes of the original notice, which was issued at 4:11 p.m. Sunday.
Residents of Oroville should evacuate in a northward direction such as towards Chico.