Oroville dam break would flood almost 200,000 California residents in 7 hours

This animation details a worst-case scenario in Oroville, Calif.: dam failure. With 3.5 million acre feet of water held behind the dam, floodwaters would pour through a huge section of Northern California. Residents closest to the dam would have j
By
Up Next
This animation details a worst-case scenario in Oroville, Calif.: dam failure. With 3.5 million acre feet of water held behind the dam, floodwaters would pour through a huge section of Northern California. Residents closest to the dam would have j
By

Water & Drought

If flooding threat increases, this information could help you make the right moves

Sacramento Bee Staff

February 15, 2017 05:05 PM

The immediate drama of Sunday night’s frightening near-miss at Oroville Dam has subsided somewhat, but remaining is the specter of potential flooding and repeated displacement of downstream residents whose communities could be flooded if dam repairs fail.

With that in mind, here is information that could prove useful.

EMERGENCY ALERTS

▪  Here’s where you can sign up for Sacramento County emergency alerts

Help us deliver journalism that makes a difference in our community.

Our journalism takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work to produce. If you read and enjoy our journalism, please consider subscribing today.

NEWS

▪  What if you needed to evacuate? 5 things to do to prepare

▪  Oroville Dam: Chico fairgrounds, Cal Expo remain open to evacuees as shelters close

▪  Showery conditions until heavy rain returns to Sacramento, Sierra foothills on Monday

▪  How full are Northern California reservoirs and rivers?

▪  Trump administration OKs Jerry Brown’s disaster requests

▪  Oroville Dam evacuation underscores challenge of moving masses

▪  Crews continue emergency spillway work while rain hits Lake Oroville area

LIVE TRAFFIC: Real-time reports from Sacramento-area highways

RESOURCES

Ordered to evacuate? It’s best to know how to prepare, what to take and how to move out safety.

▪  Getting yourself and your family out safely

Pets can be a huge concern when people are scrambling to get out of their homes quickly. Knowing what your animals need when things go sideways is important.

▪  Disaster preparedness for pets

▪  Pet and animal emergency planning

Sometimes sandbags can hold back water that otherwise would cause big problems. Knowing how to fill and use them is important.

▪  Comprehensive instruction for using sandbags

▪  Quick take on filling, placing sandbags

If you must leave your home, make sure it is locked and secure so when you return, it’s to the same contents you originally left.

▪  Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department: Lock crime out of your home

▪  Home security checklist

While working in the Oroville Dam area during the spillway emergency and evacuation, CHP officers checked on some abandoned properties and came across animals including kangaroos, miniature deer and zebras. The animals are safe on a Sutter County

By

This animated video from the National Weather Service is part of "Turn Around, Don't Drown" campaign put forward by the National Weather Service. It shows the potential danger presented when vehicles are driven into flooded conditions and offers a

By

Don’t let your plants drink too much

▪  How to save water-wise plants from too much rain