Oroville Dam live updates: Latest forecasts, warnings and evacuations
There fears that the collapse of the overflow channel could unleash torrents of water into the Feather River, flooding Oroville and other towns downstream.
Mass evacuation orders were issued on Sunday afternoon after a hole emerged in the main spillway of America’s tallest dam.
The National Weather Service (NWS) and other organisations are providing live updates on the situation. A list of evacuation centres is being updated.
Monday February 13
3.53am update PST – Butte County said: “Motorists traveling south should be advised of several road closures on main highways.”
Sunday February 12
10.46pm PST update: Governor of California Jerry Brown proclaimed a state of emergency in the counties of Butte, Sutter and Yuba.
10.19pm PST update: Department of Water Resources: “Flows over the auxiliary spillway have ceased. 100,000 cfs continue down the main spillway.”
8.40pm update PST – NWS Sacramento said: “Flash flood warning remains in effect. Only the auxiliary spillway of #OrovilleDam is considered to be under threat at this time.”
Oroville Dam damaged spillway: Latest forecasts, warnings and evacuations
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6pm PST update: NWS Sacramento said: “Oroville Dam itself is not compromised at current time. Failure would be on auxiliary spillway.”
7.24pm PST update -Superintendent of Schools Tim Taylor called for the closure of all schools in Butte County on Monday.
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5pm PST: Yuba County said: “The auxiliary spillway is close to failing. Please travel safely. Contact family and friends. Help the elderly.
“Take only routes to the east, south, or west. DO NOT TRAVEL NORTH TOWARD OROVILLE!!!!!”
4pm PST update: The Butte County sheriff said: “Immediate evacuation from the low levels of Oroville and areas downstream is ordered… This is not a drill.”
He added: “Operation of the auxiliary spillway has lead to severe erosion that could lead to a failure of the structure.
“Failure of the auxiliary spillway structure will result in an uncontrolled release of flood waters from Lake Oroville.”
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