Oroville Dam Emergency Updates



Officials have ordered residents near the Oroville Dam in Northern California to evacuate the area, saying a "hazardous situation is developing" after an emergency spillway severely eroded.

As of 10 o'clock, they are releasing 100-thousand cfs with the goal of getting the lake to drop 50 feet. Soil erosion on the Emergency Spillway.

  • Butte County has 35-thousand people under evac order
  • Yuba Couny 65-thousand people under evac order
  • Yuba City 76-thousand people under evac order
  • Marysville 12-thousand people under evac order

An individual broke into a business, but there is no indication that the crime happened due to evacuations. There is no rioting or looting. Police are patrolling the areas that have been evacuated. Most of the major hotels in Chico are full. As of 10 o'clock, they are releasing 100-thousand cfs with the goal of getting the lake to drop 50 feet. Soil erosion They need the lake to drop by 50 feet to prepare for incoming storms.


Crews at Lake Oroville are working to clear debris from the channel below the damaged spillway in order to get the power plant back online. Water backed up into the plant forcing officials to shut it down. DWR spokesman Bill Croyle says getting the power plant back up and running is a priority because it uses up to 13,000 cubic feet per second to power the turbines and with water flowing over the emergency spillway, the more outflow they can create, the better. They expect the overflow to stop sometime tomorrow.

There is a plan to plug the hole in the emergency spillway that would include using helicopters to drop bags of rocks into the crevice to prevent any further erosion. Scott Miller, Aviation Expert and professor at Sacramento Community College, says night-vision goggles are routine. 



The Butte County Sheriff Department public information number is (530) 872-5951. 

Emergency evacuation shelters have been opened for people who leaving their homes.

  • Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico at 2357 Fair Street (FULL)
  • Neighborhood Church in Chico at 2801 Notre Dame
  • Colusa County Fairgrounds in Colusa at 1303 10th Street
  • Alcouffe Community Center on Marysville Road, Oregon House
  • Glenn County Fairgrounds in Orland at 221 E. Yolo Street
  • Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley at 11228 McCourtney Road, G

A large animal shelter is open at Camelot Equestrian Park, located at 1985 Clark Road.  Also, it is reported that Loomis Basin Vet Clinic will take evacuated cats and dogs at no charge.  Animals are also being accepted at Gibson Ranch.


  • A large animal shelter has been set up at Camelot Equestrian Park,1985 Clark Road.
  • An additional evacuation center has been set up in Orland at the Glenn County Fairgrounds at 221 E. Yolo Street.
  •  An evacuation center is open at Paradise Alliance Church at 6491 Clark Road. (Small animals are accepted, RVs allowed in parking lot)
  • An evacuation center is set up at Elks Lodge in Paradise at 1100 Elks Lane, Paradise.
  • An evacuation center is open at Neighborhood Church at 2801 Notre Dame in Chico.
  • Nevada County is opening an evacuation shelter at the Nevada County Fairgrounds at 11228 McCourney Rd. Grass Valley. Enter at gate 1. It accepts animals and RVs.
  • Rolling Hills RV Park in Corning is also available for those driving RVs.
  • Neighborhood Church of Chico, 2801 Notre Dame Blvd. (no animals inside)
  • St. Johns Episcopal Church, 2341 Floral Avenue, Chico (small animals accepted if leashed and crated)
  • Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, 2357 Fair Street, Chico (small animals accepted)
  • For evacuation information, Butte County residents can dial 2-1-1 from landline or cell phones. 
  • Yuba or Sutter residents can call 1-866-916-3566.
  • Hotels are reported to be full in Chico, Grass Valley and Nevada City.


  • Bangor Union Elementary School District
  • Biggs Unified School District
  • Durham Unified School District
  • Feather Falls Union Elementary School District 
  • Golden Feather Union Elementary School District 
  • Gridley Unified School District
  • Manzanita Elementary School District
  • Oroville Elementary School District
  • Oroville Union High School District
  • Palermo Union Elementary School District 
  • Pioneer Union Elementary School District
  • Thermalito Union Elementary School District

More information coming in...

  • Butte County Jail being evacuated due to Oroville spillway. Authorities are not saying where inmates are being relocated due to security reasons.
  • Residents evacuating Oroville can bring small animals to the Silver Dollar air in Chico.  --  
  • The Chico Chamber of Commerce is asking if you have vacancies in your home, hotels or elsewhere, please notify katie@chicochamber.com
  • Sgt. Tony Turnbull of the Sacramento Sheriff's Department is sending 67 deputies to the Oroville region who are prepared to assist. 
  • Getting reports of looting already from homes that were evacuated. One woman's Tweet said her son's best friend's home got broken into. 
  • LA County sending their OES crews to Oroville.


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