California's Oroville Dam Spillway: Evacuation Order Lifted

  • Evacuation Order for 200,000 People Lifted

    February 15, 2017: After two nights of uncertainty, nearly 200,000 evacuees were allowed to return home. However, they were warned that they may again have to move from their homes to higher ground if the dam, which has been hastily repaired, doesn't hold.

    As per weather forecast, a series of small storms later this week may happen and in the coming week snowfall may melt in the nearby mountains. This may put to test the repair work carried on the dam.

    Evacuees might not be Allowed Home Until Dam is Repaired

    February 14, 2017: As per latest reports, nearly 200,000 people, who were evacuated, will stay where they are until it is safe for them to return to their home. Engineers are working to fix the spillway; however, it has slowed down since last night after helicopters dropped giant rock-filled sandbags to fix the hole in the damaged spillway.

    As the Immediate Evacuation Order is still in place, county offices in Oroville, Gridley and Biggs will remain closed on Tuesday.

    Mass Evacuation Weakened due to Rain

    February 13, 2017: Reports say, the process of evacuation of around 200,000 people from near the Oroville dam has slowed down due to torrential waters. A 200-foot long, 30-foot deep hole has been found in the dam. If the dam collapses, it may sink the neighboring towns.

    Water Flow over Spillway Stopped

    February 13, 2017: As per the latest reports, state officials said the water spilling over the Oroville Dam’s emergency spillway has stopped as the lake level dropped low enough.

    At 9 p.m. a state water official said the concrete lip of the emergency spillway was still holding. 

    Residents near California Dam Evacuated after Officials Issue Order

    February 13, 2017: As per reports, officials ordered 188,000 residents near California dam to leave their homes Sunday evening as an emergency spillway in the tallest dam of the country was reportedly in danger of releasing flood water on towns adjacent and below.

    The cities that were added to the evacuation order were Live Oak, Gridley, Yuba City, Nicolaus and communities near Feathers River.

    Hundred of cars were in wall-to-wall traffic on Highway 99 as people were seen hurrying away from the Oroville Dam.

    Areas to be AffectedYuba County, Butte County, Sutter County

    Evacuation areas

    1. Oroville

    2. Marysville

    3. Hallwood

    4. Olivehurst/Linda

    5. Plumas Lake

    6. Gridley

    7. Live Oak

    8. Yuba County

    9. Yuba City

    10. Wheatland


    Evacuation centers

    1. Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, 2357 Fair St., Chico

    2. Yolo County Fairgrounds, 1250 E. Gum Ave., Woodland

    3. Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento

    4. Neighborhood Church of Chico, 2801 Notre Dame Blvd., Chico

    5. Placer County Fairgrounds, 800 All America City Blvd., Roseville

    6. Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Rd., Grass Valley

    7. Grace Community Church, 2346 Floral Ave., Chico (RV parking available)

    8. Glenn County Fairgrounds, 221 E. Yolo St., Orland

    9. Tehama District Fairgrounds, 650 Antelope Blvd., Red Bluff

    10. Citrus Heights Community Center, 6300 Fountain Square Dr., Citrus Heights

    11. For horses and RVs/fifth-wheels/tents: Gibson Ranch, 8554 Gibson Ranch Park Rd., Elverta. Phones: 916-806-3110 for RVs, etc. and for horses and livestock, 707-623-7665 

    12. For large animals: Camelot Equestrian Park, 1985 Clark Road (Highway 191), Butte Valley

    13. Temporary housing at temples to evacuees are also being offered by the Sikh community.

    •  4600 Pell Dr, Sacramento 916-922-1313
    • 6221 16th St, Rio Linda 916-992-1710
    • 2301 Evergreen Ave, West Sacramento 916-371-9787
    • 7676 Bradshaw Rd, Sacramento 916-688-3020
    • 11770 W. Clover Rd., Tracy 209-836-2215
    • 4640 Woodward Avenue, Manteca 209-824-4433
    • 1930 S Grant St, Stockton 209-625-7500


    For public evacuation information

    Butte County residents: 530-872-5951 or 211

    Yuba or Sutter County residents: 866-916-3566

    Map showing location of Oroville Dam in California

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