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Posted by: News_Desk on 02/13/2017 11:17 AM Updated by: News_Desk on 02/13/2017 11:17 AM
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Governor Brown Issues Emergency Order To Help Response To Situation At Oroville Dam

Sacramento, CA...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:

The full text of the emergency proclamation is below:


WHEREAS during January and February of 2017, three atmospheric river storm systems struck California, bringing massive amounts of rainfall; and

WHEREAS this rainfall inundated lakes, rivers, and streams throughout the state, causing them to reach capacity, resulting in widespread flooding; and

WHEREAS Lake Oroville in Butte County reached capacity, causing officials to utilize the spillway to reduce the lake's water levels; and

WHEREAS on February 7, 2017, the spillway at Lake Oroville Dam began to erode, causing officials to begin utilizing the auxiliary emergency spillway on February 11; and

WHEREAS officials have determined that the auxiliary emergency spillway at Lake Oroville Dam is in danger of failing, which if it fails, may cause widespread and severe flooding; and

WHEREAS the potential for flooding has forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents; and

WHEREAS the circumstances of this potential flooding by reason of its magnitude, are or are likely to be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment, and facilities of any single local government and require the combined forces of a mutual aid region or regions to combat; and

WHEREAS under the provisions of section 8558(b) of the California Government Code, I find that conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property exist in Butte, Sutter, and Yuba Counties due to this potential flooding; and

WHEREAS under the provisions of section 8571 of the California Government Code, I find that strict compliance with various statutes and regulations specified in this order would prevent, hinder, or delay the mitigation of the effects of this potential flooding.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, in accordance with the authority vested in me by the State Constitution and statutes, including the California Emergency Services Act, and in particular, section 8625 of the California Government Code,

HEREBY PROCLAIM A STATE OF EMERGENCY to exist in the Counties of Butte, Sutter, and Yuba.


1. All citizens should heed the advice of emergency officials with regard to this emergency in order to protect their safety.

2. All agencies of the state government utilize and employ state personnel, equipment, and facilities for the performance of any and all activities consistent with the direction of the Governor's Office of Emergency Services and the State Emergency Plan.

3. As necessary to assist local governments and for the protection of public health and the environment, state agencies shall enter into contracts to arrange for the procurement of materials, goods, and services necessary to quickly remove dangerous debris, repair damaged resources, and restore and protect the impacted watershed. Applicable provisions of the Government Code and the Public Contract Code, including but not limited to travel, advertising, and competitive bidding requirements, are suspended to the extent necessary to address the effects of this flooding.

4. The California National Guard shall mobilize under California Military and Veterans Code section 146 to support disaster response and relief efforts and coordinate with all relevant state agencies, including the Governor's Office of Emergency Services, and all relevant state and local emergency responders and law enforcement within the impacted areas. Pursuant to section 147 of the California Military and Veterans Code, any and all provisions of Division 2 of the Military and Veterans Code or other laws of the State which require advertisement for bids for purchases of supplies or employment of services are suspended to the extent necessary to address the effects of this flooding.

5. In order to expedite response and recovery, Division 13 (commencing with section 21000) of the Public Resources Code and regulations adopted pursuant to that Division are hereby suspended.

6. The Office of Emergency Services shall provide assistance to Butte, Sutter and Yuba Counties, as appropriate, under the authority of the California Disaster Assistance Act, California Government Code section 8680 et seq. and California Code of Regulations, title 19, section 2900 et seq.
I FURTHER DIRECT that as soon as hereafter possible, this proclamation be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State and that widespread publicity and notice be given of this proclamation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 12th day of February 2017.

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On your own
Posted on: 2017-02-13 13:09:44   By: Anonymous
Maybe this is a good dry run for, Jerry Brown (Moonbeam), and Gavin Newsom (nuisance.) You want to secede from the union and become a separate country, this is a good time to test your metal. Don't ask for federal help. Or maybe you could just take money from your bullet train to nowhere fund to bolster our infrastructure for water storage and repair the existing structures. Or take it from here Delta tunnel to save the minnow fund. Does anybody have any concept about how the rest of the country laughs at California?

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    Re: On your own
    Posted on: 2017-02-14 07:21:16   By: Anonymous
    I'd suggest moving out if your concerned with being laughed at. Seriously, I'll pack your can and you can roll your cart cart to Derpland.

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      Re: On your own
      Posted on: 2017-02-14 07:29:41   By: Anonymous
      Want to buy my property so I can? I'd love to get out of this state.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-02-13 14:07:51   By: Anonymous
Thanks Gov. Brown for being a sain & competent leader, unlike our Jr. Facists setting in the White House.

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    Posted on: 2017-02-13 14:09:29   By: Anonymous
    This was done on purpose!

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      Posted on: 2017-02-13 16:28:18   By: Anonymous
      This is a man made dissaster, probably a union worker got lazy checking the spillway during the drought. So instead of doing a visual he/she just checked the box and now we are looking at a 200 million dollar fix. Worthless government employees just cashing a paycheck waiting to retire.. let's see who is held accountable besides Trump becoming President 25 days ago.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-02-13 16:26:10   By: Anonymous
Jackass. I pay taxes here but I hope Trump says Hell No

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    Posted on: 2017-02-13 17:34:51   By: Anonymous
    Teach moonbeam what becoming independent means. Guns and ammo should not be sold to state agencies eirher

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      Posted on: 2017-02-13 20:11:54   By: Anonymous
      Spends millions on illegals and welfare flunkies, then asks the government for money...Hahah..Classic.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-02-13 20:37:20   By: Anonymous
This emergency was known to be possible for a decade now, but refusal to spend on repairs is now showing itself.

No money for maintaining infrastructure but we'll spend it on illegitimate immigrants' Healthcare and legal bills.

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    Posted on: 2017-02-13 20:53:19   By: Anonymous
    not to mention the Bullet Train.

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      Posted on: 2017-02-13 21:40:25   By: Anonymous
      The Bakersfield meth train is a great idea!

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Proud of Calaveras
Posted on: 2017-02-13 23:28:27   By: Anonymous
for showing that when there are serious issues at stake, we can come together and be constructive. Best case scenario: 200,000 people lose 2-weeks of pay. Worst case scenario: they lose everything and our state loses half its water supply.

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    Re: Proud of Calaveras
    Posted on: 2017-02-14 06:29:18   By: Anonymous
    Thank you for your thoughtful response. My heart goes out to the 200,000 citizens who have evacuated and the potential damage to their homes and community and to the state of the water supply. Sometimes I am disheartened by the insensitive and ignorant comments posted in the Pine Tree.

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