Citizens in Oroville, California and the counties surrounding it have been ordered to Evacuate their homes immediately, because a component of the Oroville Dam – the tallest Dam in the U.S. — is suffering major structural collapse. Flood wters will wipe out the area within hours.
Residents of Oroville are urged to take Highway 99 or 130 toward Sacramento and get out as fast as they can.
Structural failure of the Auxiliary Overflow Barrier is expected within the hour. Once that structure collapses, upwards of two cubic MILES of water will be released.
Officials in northern California ordered residents near the Oroville Dam to evacuate the area Sunday after an emergency spillway severely eroded.
The California Department of Water Resources said that the emergency spillway could fail within an hour, unleashing uncontrolled flood waters from Lake Oroville.
People in downstream areas need to leave the area immediately, the department said.
Counties/cities near Lake Oroville area issue evacuation orders.
SUTTER/BUTTE COUNTY: Gridley, Live Oak, Yuba City included in evacuation alert.