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Evacuation Centers Pull Together On Short Notice For Oroville Emergency

Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

Jace Lawson, 1, of Oroville, Calif., bottom, sleeps as people behind wait for a meal at a shelter for evacuees from city's surrounding the Oroville Dam, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in Chico, Calif.

Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

UPDATE 4:12 p.m.: The National Weather Service in Sacramento has downgraded the flash flood warning to a flash flood watch for the Auxiliary Spillway of Oroville Dam in Butte County.

The watch will remain in place until the situation changes.

ORIGINAL: Evacuation notices for around 188,000 people near the Oroville Dam are still in effect while experts assess the damage and create a response plan.

Gary Cantwell with the Red Cross says the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds is offering cots, blankets, water, meals and other supplies like diapers. He says there has been an outstanding response from the Butte County and Chico communities.

"We are having businesses coming in and saying: 'what do you want, what do you need, we'll give it,'" Cantwell says.

Of course, evacuating still comes with hardships. "We have people here that would love to be back home," Cantwell says. "We've got people with medical needs in our "Medical Assist" area. And you know, it's not that comfortable sleeping on cots, and being away from home."

Oroville resident Roy Bowling came to the fairgrounds Sunday night. He says he was on his way to the store when a police officer told him he had to leave immediately.

He's now one of a thousand evacuees staying at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico.

"I had to go over here to the Chico VA this morning because I'm a disabled veteran," Bowling says. "I had to go get my medication that I couldn't go back and get."

Bowling appreciates the shelter workers pulling together on short notice. "This was fly-by-night, right now, get it done," he says. "So, they're doing good, I think."

Silver Dollar Fairgrounds stopped taking new evacuees Sunday night, but has since opened another building and added more cots.

Evacuation Centers:

Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico at 2357 Fair St. 

Neighborhood Church of Chico, 2801 Notre Dame Blvd. (no animals inside)

St. Johns Episcopal Church, 2341 Floral Ave., Chico (small animals accepted if leashed and crated)

Paradise Alliance Church (CMA), 6491 Clark Road (small animals accepted, RVs allowed in Parking Lot) - FULL

Elks Lodge (Paradise) 1100 Elks Lane, Paradise - (no small animals accepted, RVs allowed in Parking Lot)

Glenn County Fairgrounds, 221 E. Yolo St. Orland, CA (accepting livestock, no small animals, 40 RV sites) - FULL

Colusa County Fairgrounds in Colusa at 1303 10th St. 

Neighborhood Church in Chico at 2801 Notre Dame Blvd.

Grace Community Church in Chico at  2346 Floral Ave.

Alcouffe Community Center on Marysville Road, Oregon House

Glenn County Fairgrounds in Orland at 221 E. Yolo St.

Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley at 11228 McCourtney Road - FULL

First Baptist Church in Grass Valley at 1866 Ridge Road - FULL

Calvary Bible Church in Grass Valley at 11481 CA-174

Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville at 800 All America City Blvd.

Yolo County Fairgrounds in Woodland at 1250 East Gum Ave.

Sutter High School in Sutter at 2665 Acacia Ave. 

Citrus Heights Community Center in Citrus Heights at 6300 Fountain Square Drive
SALAM Center in Sacramento 4545 College Oak Drive

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg tweeted Sunday night that local Sikh Temples are open for evacuees. 

Alternate Locations for RVs:

Rolling Hils RV Park, Corning 

School Closures in Butte County:

Bangor Union Elementary School District, Biggs Unified School District, Durham Unified School District, Feather Falls Union Elementary School District, Golden Feather Union Elementary School District, Gridley Unified School District, Manzanita Elementary School District, Oroville Elementary School District, Oroville Union High School District, Palermo Union Elementary School District, Pioneer Union Elementary School District and Thermalito Union Elementary School District in Butte County.  All of Butte County Office of Education offices and schools in Oroville will also be closed.

Butte College will be closed Monday.

School Closures in Sutter County and Yuba Counties:

All Yuba and Sutter County schools are canceled Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 except for Camptonville.

School Closures in Yuba City:

Yuba City Unified School District will be closed Tuesday, Feb. 14. 
Other closures:
The following Yuba City facilities will remain closed Tuesday, Feb. 14: City Hall, GAP and the Senior Center.

Road Closures: 

Due to the #OrovilleDam emergency, the following Caltrans HQ hard road closures are in place: 

State Route 99 at Durham-Pentz Road 
State Route 99 at State Route 149
State Route 70 at Clark Road
State Route 70 at State Route 149
EB State Route 20 at Aquas Frias 
State Route 70 at Woodruff Lane
State Route 70 at State Route 20 
State Route 99 at State Route 20

Additional roads closed from State Route 70 to State Route 99.
EB/WB Cottownwood Road
EB/WB Nelson Shippee Road
EB/WB State Route 162 (Oro Dam Boulevard)

East Gridley Road just east of the Feather River Bridge has flooded and is impassable.

Emergency Numbers:

For information about the Oroville Spillway: (530) 872-5951
Sutter County Information Lines: (53) 822-4988 or (530) 822-7556

Sally Schilling

Reporter/Podcast Producer

Sally Schilling is a Davis native and a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She has reported on redwood poachers robbing national forests in Humboldt County and the dangers of melting tropical glaciers in the Peruvian Andes.  Read Full Bio 

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