Butte County Sheriff: “We’re still quite early on into this situation”

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Though Bill Croyle, Acting Director of California Department of Water Resources, stated that flows over the auxiliary spillway have ceased, Butte County Sheriff Corey Honea, warned the public, “We’re still quite early on into this situation — still a lot of information to be gathered, analyzed, and disseminated…”

As of 10:30 p.m., the discharge rate of the Oroville auxiliary spillway was 100,000 cfs, compared to only  40,000 cfs inflow.

Approximately 100,000 people have been evacuated from their homes following severe erosion of an auxiliary spillway at Oroville Dame.

Though the dam itself has been structurally sound throughout the incident, emergency officials feared that the auxiliary spillway could give way, placing tens of thousands of individuals in grave danger – forcing an unprecedented evacuation of more than 100,000 residents.

“We’re going to continue our current status until we have some better information as to whether it is safe to bring people back in,” stated Sheriff Honea at a news conference shortly after 10 p.m.

Califonia officials told members of the media that contingency plans are being developed and resources are being brought into the area to address numerous concerns.

“This is a very wet year,” stated a Califonia official, stating that additional rainfall is expected later this week, which could prove problematic.

K. Zagaris of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services stated that local, state and federal agencies are working together and that 250 law enforcement officers are either on scene or in route to assist with security and help with evacuations; however, the state must balance personnel resources, as “There are other parts of the state” dealing with flooding issues.

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has 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.

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