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Tuesday Oroville Dam and evacuations update

OROVILLE, Calif. - Here is what you need to know about the Oroville Dam and evacuations on Tuesday, February 14. 

The Department of Water Resources continues to reinforce the emergency spillway. Crews worked throughout the night, adding rock and material to areas of erosion. These activities are being undertaken 24-hours a day and are supported by helicopters and heavy construction equipment. There is no water flowing over the emergency spillway. 

The Department of Water Resources continues to regulate outflow in an effort to reduce water levels in the reservoir, support construction activities, and protect the Hyatt Power Plant. The level of the reservoir continues to decrease and at current rates, is projected to possess the capacity to absorb anticipated inflows due to forecasted inclement weather. 

A temporary flight restriction has been enacted for the area of the Oroville Dam as crews conduct continual surveys. This restriction includes recreational drones. For information on lake conditions, including lake levels, inflows, and outflows, click here

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS

Oroville and Thermalito, the areas south of Lincoln Blvd on the west side of Lincoln to Ophir Road. All low-lying area around the Feather River, which includes Gridley, Biggs, Yuba City, Loma Rice, and anywhere south of Butte County along the river. Disabled residents requiring transportation services can call 530-342-0221. For more information, click here

EVACUATION CENTERS 

REDDING

  • Redding Elks Lodge, 250 Elk Drive in Redding (RV spots available free of charge/limited spots available)

 

RED BLUFF 

  • Elks Lodge, 355 Gilmore Road in Red Bluff (RV spots available free of charge/limited spots available)

 

CHICO

  • Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, 2357 Fair Street in Chico (small animals accepted)
  • Neighborhood Church of Chico, 2801 Notre Dame Blvd (no animals inside)
  • St. Johns Episcopal Church, 2341 Floral Avenue in Chico
  • Grace Community Church, 2346 Floral Avenue in Chico
  • East Avenue Church, 1184 East Avenue in Chico
  • Azad's Martial Arts, 313 Walnut Street #150 in Chico
  • Chico Elks Lodge, 1705 Manzanita Avenue (RV spots of available free of charge)

 

OREGON HOUSE 

  • Alcouffee Community Center, 9185 Marysville Road in Oregon House 

 

GRASS VALLEY 

  • Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley 

 

WOODLAND

  • Yolo County Fairgrounds, 1250 Gum Avenue in Woodland 

 

SACRAMENTO 

  • Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd in Sacramento

 

YUBA COUNTY

  • Wheatland High School, 1010 Wheatland Road in Wheatland
  • Placer County Fairgrounds, 800 All America City Blvd in Roseville 

 

Animal evacuation hotline: 530-895-0000

The Salvation Army currently has three different evacuation centers to serve meals to residents that have been affected by the Oroville Dam erosion. 

The Salvation Army is now assisting at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico and the Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville. An additional team is assisting the scene at Butte College (Oroville) with meal service to first responders. 

Local Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services management has already planned for the meal service to extend at least through Wednesday night, but staff will continue to assess if further assistance will be needed for the remainder of the week and for the foreseeable future. 

Through Monday night, nearly 5,000 meals have been served to evacuees and first responders. 

If you would like to donate to the Salvation Army, they are accepting monetary donations only at this time. The Salvation Army uses 100% of disaster donations in support of local disaster relief operations. If you would like to donate, click here, or call 1-800-725-2769. 

ROAD CLOSURES 

  • Northbound 70 at 18th Street in Marysville 
  • Southbound 99 at 149th Street 
  • Northbound 99 at 20th Street 

 

TRAIL CLOSURES 

  • Oro-Dam east from Glen Drive to Canyon Drive 
  • Oroville Dam Crest Road closed at the left abutment restrooms 
  • Canyon Drive from Oroville Dam Blvd east to Royal Oaks Drive 
  • California State Parks has closed off all recreation trails and areas around the Diversion Pool. 
  • Road blocks and security checkpoints include; Oro-Dam east at Glen Drive, Oro-Dam east at Canyon Drive, Dam Crest Road at Spillway Access Road, and Canyon Drive at Royal Oaks Drive. 

 

All California Department of Fish and Wildlife areas and facilities, except for the Chico field office, are closed. The wildlife areas are flooded and extremely dangerous, please do not attempt to visit them. 

MAIL INFORMATION

Due to the evacuations, mail delivery is being impacted. Customers whose mail delivery has been affected can pick their mail up with proper identification at the locations listed below. Alternative pick-up sites will also have retail services available. 

Until further notice, mail pick-up for the following cities will be available at these locations:

  • Due to the Marysville Post Office being closed, customers can pick their mail up at the Yuba City Post Office at 761 Plumas Street in Yuba City. 
  • Due to the Nicolaus Post Office being closed, customers can pick their mail up at the Rio Oso Post Office at 2156 Rio Oso Road in Rio Oso. 
  • Due to the Olivehurst Post Office being closed, customers can pick up their mail at the Wheatland Post Office at 404 4th Street in Wheatland. 
  • Due to the Gridley Post Office, Live Oak Post Office, Palermo Post Office, Oroville Post Office, Berry Creek Post Office, and Biggs Post Office being closed, customers can pick up their mail at the Chico Midtown Post Office at 141 W. 5th Street in Chico. 

 

A press conference will be held at noon Tuesday with new information. Please check back for updates. 


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