OROVILLE DAM, Sunday PM … Governor Brown Issues Emergency Order to Help Response to Situation at Oroville Dam

From the Office of the Governor:

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency order tonight to bolster the state’s response to the situation at the Oroville Dam’s auxiliary spillway and support subsequent local evacuations.

“I’ve been in close contact with emergency personnel managing the situation in Oroville throughout the weekend and it’s clear the circumstances are complex and rapidly changing,” said Governor Brown. “I want to thank local and state law enforcement for leading evacuation efforts and doing their part to keep residents safe. The state is directing all necessary personnel and resources to deal with this very serious situation.”

The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services has activated the State Operations Center in Mather, California to its highest level and is coordinating with personnel at the Incident Command Post in Oroville, California and with other local, state and federal emergency response officials to address all emergency management, evacuation and mutual aid needs.

The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services will host a media availability from the State Operations Center at approximately 11:00 p.m. tonight with officials from the California Highway Patrol, California National Guard, California Department of Water Resources and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). Follow live at: http://www.caloes.ca.gov/live.

The full text of the emergency proclamation is below:

2 Responses

  1. Jody

    Too little, too late. The biggest problem is not only all the people who will lose their homes and animals who will die, but that California will lose the 2nd largest reservoir in the State. Hurts the water supply dreadfully, and possibly for several years until it can be rebuilt.
    Once the rains stop this spring, the various areas that depended on Oroville water supplies will be back in exceptional drought again. Very scary.
    This is what happens when you don’t take care of your infrastructure.

  2. William A. Miller

    It is inconceivable to me that the auxiliary spillway did not have a concrete channel built below it to receive the overflow and channel the water to the river. This would have avoided all the erosion leading to the river and prevented the water from undermining/eroding the weir base…which could cause dam damage or possible failure.


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