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  • Evacuations ordered due to levee breach south of Manteca

    02/20/2017 8:08:52 PM PST · by Mariner · 65 replies
    KCRA Sacramento ^ | February 20th, 2017 | KCRA Staff
    MANTECA, Calif. (KCRA) — A levee near Manteca was breached Monday night leading to mandatory evacuations in the area, according to San Joaquin County officials said. Mandatory evacuations were ordered for people living within the below boundary:.... The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the pictured area on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, due to a levee breach south of Manteca. The warning is set to expire at 7 a.m. Tuesday.
  • If Oroville Dam Failed, Residents Likely Would Not Be Advised in Time

    02/19/2017 2:05:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 19, 2017
    Communities immediately downstream of California's Lake Oroville dam would not receive adequate warning or time for evacuations if the 770-foot-tall dam itself — rather than its spillways — were to abruptly fail, the state water agency that operates the nation's tallest dam repeatedly advised federal regulators a half-decade ago. Regulators at the time recommended that state officials implement more public-warning systems, carry out annual public education campaigns and work to improve early detection of any problems at the dam. Six years later, state and local officials have adopted some of the recommendations, including automated warnings via reverse 911 calls to...
  • AP Exclusive: If [Oroville] California dam failed, people likely stuck

    02/17/2017 11:09:41 AM PST · by sevinufnine · 51 replies
    SF Gate ^ | February 17, 2017 | Ellen Knickmeyer
    Communities just downstream of California's Lake Oroville dam would not receive adequate warning or time for evacuations if the 770-foot-tall dam itself — rather than its spillways — were to abruptly fail, the state water agency that operates the nation's tallest dam repeatedly advised federal regulators a half-decade ago. The state Department of Water Resources informed federal dam regulators that local emergency officials "do not believe there is enough time to perform evacuations in the communities immediately downstream of the dam during a sudden failure," according to a Feb. 8, 2011, letter reviewed by The Associated Press. Absent "significant" advance...
  • Evacuations lifted for communities below Oroville Dam

    02/14/2017 2:19:38 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 22 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 2-14-17 | Veronica Rocha
    Authorities lifted mandatory evacuation orders Tuesday for communities below the Oroville Dam. At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea announced the order had been changed to an evacuation warning after he said the risk of flooding had been reduced. "We have concluded it is safe to reduce the emergency evacuation order to an evacuation warning"said Honea, who had made the initial call Sunday to evacuate a large swath of three counties below the imperiled dam. At the time, residents were told the spillway to the dam could collapse within an hour. Roadblocks on the two main...
  • Woo hoo! Dam disaster averted! Evacuation lifted! Praise God! Thank you, FRiends!

    02/14/2017 2:09:51 PM PST · by Texas Eagle · 57 replies
    n/a | Feb. 14, 2017 | Texas Eagle
    Praise God and thank all you FReepers for your prayers and offers of assistance!
  • Evacuations for 180K+ people near Lake Oroville to stay in place

    02/14/2017 6:09:46 AM PST · by Mariner · 75 replies
    KCRA Sacramento ^ | February 14th, 2017 | Sarah Heise
    While more than 180,000 residents remain evacuated from their homes in Butte, Sutter and Yuba counties, there is no timetable as to when people can return home as water officials and engineers assess the damage and situation at the two damaged Oroville Dam spillways, the Butte County sheriff said Monday. As tensions remain high around the area, some good news came early Monday morning when water levels at Lake Oroville dropped below capacity, stopping water from spilling over the potentially hazardous emergency spillway. However, officials are still looking to lower the lake another 50 feet to less than 850 feet...
  • UPDATE: Oroville Dam evacuations extended to Sutter County line

    02/12/2017 9:36:04 PM PST · by Kartographer · 111 replies
    KRCR ^ | 2/12/17 | By: Josh Copitch
    An immediate evacuation for Oroville and areas downstream has been ordered. Supervisor Bill Connelly said specifically people who live in Downtown Oroville, Thermalito, and Palermo. The Department of Water Resources said the the mandatory evacuation is now extending to the Sutter County line. An evacuation center has been set up at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico. The Elks Lodge in Paradise is also opening their RV Park for free to evacuees. Space is limited in the RV Park. Highway 99, leaving Oroville, has been shut down to all southbound traffic and all four lanes will be open to northbound...
  • Lower Lake burning; Clayton fire forces evacuation of Clearlake residents

    08/14/2016 7:18:46 PM PDT · by rey · 35 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 14 Aug 2016 | Christi Warren
    Commercial structures in downtown Lower Lake and residences were in flames Sunday afternoon as the Clayton fire exploded, forcing thousands of people to flee homes and abandon businesses. By 5 p.m. flames had engulfed numerous commercial buildings in Lower Lake along Main Street, including the town’s post office, a tire store, a funeral home and restaurants, despite the combined efforts of firefighters, water tankers and helicopters. State Sen. Mike McGuire, who was on the fire lines Sunday with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, saw the blaze burn down into Lower Lake on Sunday afternoon. “Lower Lake may be completely lost,”...
  • WSJ: China Evacuates Tianjin Blast Area Amid Fears of Toxic Chemicals in Air vs. NYT:

    08/15/2015 1:02:53 PM PDT · by wtd · 3 replies
    WSJ ^ | Updated Aug. 15, 2015 1:01 p.m. ET | Chun Han Wong
    China Evacuates Tianjin Blast Area Amid Fears of Toxic Chemicals in AirCivilians in temporary shelter relocated after wind-change warning, state media says BEIJING—Authorities on Saturday ordered residents to leave the vicinity of the deadly warehouse blasts in the northeastern Chinese city of Tianjin, amid concerns over airborne chemical pollutants and fresh fires at the scene. Civilians resettled at a temporary shelter near the blasts, which killed at least 104 people and injured more than 700 others, were transferred to another location after officials received warning of changes in wind direction, China’s official Xinhua News Agency said. Several other Chinese...
  • Tianjin explosions: police order mass evacuations amid further blasts

    08/15/2015 6:58:51 AM PDT · by wtd
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday 15 August 2015 08.34 EDT | Fergus Ryan
    Tianjin explosions: police order mass evacuations amid further blasts Everyone within three kilometres of blast site in China urged to get out amid fears of poisoning by sodium cyanide as death toll rises to 85Armed police are evacuating everyone within three kilometres (1.9 miles) of the Tianjin blast site in China after fires reignited and seven to eight explosions rocked the area on Saturday, local media reported. Hundreds of evacuees housed at a temporary shelter for the homeless in a nearby primary school were also being moved away, amid fears that highly toxic chemical sodium cyanide discovered at the...
  • Evacuations as 6.6 earthquake shakes Colombia capital

    03/10/2015 5:17:40 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 17 replies ^ | Edited time: March 10, 2015 23:34 | Published time: March 10, 2015 21:23
    A magnitude 6.6 earthquake has hit the Colombian capital of Bogota, prompting mass evacuations from the city’s buildings. Strong and prolonged tremors sparked panic and a social media storm.
  • U.S. was ill-equipped to handle Ebola rescues, State Dept. contract reveals

    11/11/2014 5:36:33 AM PST · by bgill · 5 replies
    yahoo ^ | Nov. 11, 2012 | Jason Sickles
    The air ambulance operation tasked with rescuing U.S. Ebola victims from West Africa was initially slowed by bureaucratic bungling and is now at risk of being overburdened as thousands of American troops deploy to fight the deadly disease. Yahoo News has learned the U.S. government spent millions last decade to develop and build two of the world’s only isolation chambers for flying contagious patients — but as the epidemic raged in West Africa this summer and American aid workers there needed evacuating, the medical inventions were packed away in a small-town Georgia warehouse. The troubling lack of preparedness by federal...
  • Colorado Flash Flooding Prompts Evacuations, Kills 1

    09/12/2013 3:25:37 AM PDT · by ican'tbelieveit · 43 replies
    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Days of heavy rains caused flash flooding in Colorado's Boulder County early Thursday that has closed streets, prompted evacuations, and left one person dead.
  • Wildfire near Prescott, Arizona continues to grow

    06/19/2013 11:57:45 AM PDT · by yorkie · 31 replies
    My Fox Phoenix ^ | June 19, 2013 | Staff
    PRESCOTT, Ariz. - A nearly 11-square-mile wildfire in Arizona's Prescott National Forest is continuing to grow as more than 500 firefighters were dispatched to battle the blaze. According to officials, 5,088 acres have burned, bringing Tuesday's estimate from 7,000 down. The Doce Fire just west of Prescott sparked evacuations in the neighborhoods of Granite Basin Homes, Sundown Acres, Old Stage Acres, Mint Creek, and American Ranch. Seven people evacuated spent Tuesday night at an American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter shelter at Yavapai College. So far, 460 homes have been evacuated.
  • Wildfire tears through Reno; 10,000 evacuated

    11/18/2011 12:35:53 PM PST · by yorkie · 59 replies
    CBS/ AP News ^ | 11/18/11 | Staff
    Police in Reno went house to house in the middle of the night, pounding on doors and telling residents they had to evacuate as a roughly 400-acre blaze raged in rough terrain, destroyed homes and injured some people. At least one man is dead, after suffering a fatal cardiac arrest while evacuating. Nearly 10,000 people from the edge of the city have been evacuated from the path of the massive wildfire and the local fire chief said the blaze could rage through Saturday.
  • Hurricane Irene New York: Top 5 Dangers Of A Hurricane In The City

    08/25/2011 2:41:30 PM PDT · by blam · 78 replies
    IBT ^ | 8-24-2011 | Maggie Astor
    Hurricane Irene New York: Top 5 Dangers Of A Hurricane In The CityBy Maggie Astor August 24, 2011 6:24 PM EDT If Hurricane Irene keeps to its projected path, a region unaccustomed to natural disasters may experience two in a single week. The earthquake on Tuesday -- which was centered in Mineral, Va., and sent tremors up and down the Eastern Seaboard -- caused no measurable damage in New York, but if Irene hits the region later this week, it will be a very different story. Even if Irene reaches New York as a weakened Category 1 or Category 2...
  • I Was Evacuated from Egypt

    02/04/2011 5:34:01 PM PST · by Baladas · 16 replies
    AOL News ^ | Feb 4th 2011 | Michele McPhee
    Amanda Patterson got the call at her apartment in Cairo from an evacuation insurance agent at 4 a.m. Tuesday – sparking what she called a "saga" that would get the Tulane University student out of Egypt and back to her native Massachusetts on Thursday. "He said, 'Pack as if you are never going to see your stuff again. You are on a flight to Paris this afternoon,'" Patterson told AOL yesterday from her home in Lynnfield, Mass. "It was a hard decision. I really didn't want to leave. But the embassy wanted Americans out, the school wanted us out, and...
  • Arizona wildfire forces hundreds to evacuate

    06/20/2010 6:45:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies
    AP story so link ony. Careless Camper casused. Evacuations again.
  • Crist on (Hurricane) Ike: Evacuations may be necessary

    09/05/2008 11:53:49 AM PDT · by varina davis · 16 replies · 243+ views
    Bay News 9 ^ | Sept. 5, 2008 | Bay News 9
    Crist on Ike: Evacuations may be necessary Friday, September 5, 2008 TALLAHASSEE (Bay News 9) -- Gov. Charlie Crist says the danger to Florida posed by Hurricane Ike is real and growing. He will head to Miami on Saturday to meet with local officials from the four-county South Florida region, and says it may become necessary to evacuate as many as 1.3-million people from the low-lying Keys, mobile home parks and other vulnerable areas. Another possibility, Crist said, is converting I-95 to one-way northbound traffic, if necessary, to make a mass exodus more efficient. Ike is a Category 3 storm...
  • The California Fires: Where were the Looters?

    11/01/2007 11:08:25 AM PDT · by radar101 · 81 replies · 179+ views
    Human Events ^ | 11/01/2007 | Jerry Bowyer
    Did you see any looters on television last week? Neither did I. When New Orleans was flooded two years ago, there were looters all over my TV screen. Men with assault rifles waded through the streets menacingly. At first, I thought I was looking at footage from Somalia, but I looked at the crawl underneath the images - it wasn’t Somalia; it was Louisiana. What about the rapists? There were rapists at the refugee camp formerly known as the Superdome, but did you see any reports about rapists at Qualcomm Stadium last week? I didn’t. Did the mayor of San...