Oroville Dam Response

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If you are in immediate need of help, please contact your local Red Cross or find an open shelter.

Last week, more than 180,000 residents were ordered to evacuate from areas surrounding the Oroville Dam when a damaged emergency spillway and a swollen reservoir raised concerns about a collapse. Crews rushed to fix the damaged embankment at the dam, 70 miles north of Sacramento, and to prepare it for additional rainfall. Red Cross disaster workers have been on the ground and activated in Butte, Yuba and Sutter Counties since evacuation orders were first announced on Sunday, February 12. Red Cross workers continue to operate shelters and provide casework services for individuals and families in need. On Monday, the Red Cross operated two shelters outside of evacuation areas, which helped to provide a safe place to stay for 154 people overnight.

Disasters teams are also working in communities from Northern California through Los Angeles in response to widespread storm events and severe flooding. On Monday night, ten Red Cross and community shelters provided a safe place to stay for 87 people living within impacted areas. And with additional rains in the forecast, Red Cross sheltering teams are also on standby to activate more relief centers as needed.

To date in California, the Red Cross and our government and community partners have provided the following support for people impacted by floods and evacuation orders:

  • Supported more than 5,500 overnight shelter stays;
  • Served more than 24,800 meals and snacks;
  • Distributed more than 3,200 relief items, including blankets and comfort kits; and
  • Provided more than 2,200 health and mental health contacts for individuals and families in need.
  • As of February 15, 2017 our current best estimate is that the Red Cross will spend more than $1 million helping people affected by the California Floods—and this amount could grow very quickly if the situation worsens. We need the public’s support to help the thousands of people already served, and aid the Red Cross in standing ready should additional evacuations or flooding occur. This cost estimate represents our best estimate at this time and may change upwards or downwards as the situation continues to evolve and more information becomes available. It includes the costs of providing food, shelter, blankets, cots, emotional support, health services and relief supplies. It also includes some of the costs that make relief possible including logistics, staff and technology expenses to support such a significant disaster.