FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Governor's Press Office
|Sunday, February 12, 2017
Governor Brown Issues Emergency Order to Help Response to Situation at Oroville Dam
SACRAMENTO – 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: http://www.caloes.ca.gov/live.
The full text of the emergency proclamation is below:
For real-time updates on this situation, follow the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) on Twitter at @Cal_OES and the California Department of Water Resources on Twitter at @CA_DWR.