February 15, 2017 11:15 AM – Oroville Dam Status – Update with the Latest Information from the City of Sacramento

February 15, 2017 11:15 AM 

  • There remains no imminent threat to Natomas
  • With the lowering of the lake level and the upcoming rain not expected to be heavy, officials this afternoon deemed the situation safe enough to lift the evacuation order. Evacuation orders have been lifted and residents can return home but are encouraged to remain vigilante.
  • The Sacramento and American Rivers have both dropped below the state-mandated monitoring stage and are expected to continue to drop.
  • We do not anticipate river level increases even with the forecasted rains. With the weir open, we also do not expect any impacts from the Oroville Reservoir water releases.
  • Residents can be reassured that our neighbors to the North are now out of immediate danger, just as the City has been the last few days. However, the incident is a good reminder to prepare for emergencies, including having to evacuate.
  • www.ready.gov provides numerous tools to prepare for emergencies.  This situation also highlights the critical importance for citizens to enroll in the City’s emergency telephone notification system at www.sacramento-alert.org, and include work and home addresses to receive alerts about both locations.

2 comments to February 15, 2017 11:15 AM – Oroville Dam Status – Update with the Latest Information from the City of Sacramento

  • Laura Dominguez

    Thank you for the update and keeping us informed! Can you please clarify as your post indicates the Sac river has dropped below mandatory monitoring stage however the DWR website says that the Sac river at the Fremont Weir is over monitoring flood stage and is 2 feet from flood stage?

    • Isabelle Gaillard

      Hi Laura,
      Thank you for your comment and for expressing your concerns regarding the the Sacramento River water level.
      I reached out to a few experts in the field and was able to get you a response.
      There are numerous gauges on the Sacramento River system and each gauge has a monitoring level that is not necessarily tied to other monitoring stages. In using the Fremont Weir gauge, monitoring stage is when the weir overtops as this flow puts water into the Yolo Bypass. A few miles downstream, the City determines monitoring level from the gauge on the I Street Bridge. The Sacramento River level at the I Street Bridge is currently below monitoring level.
      Hope this helps.
      If you have any further questions, feel free to email me at IGaillard@cityofsacramento.org.
      Thank you,
      Isabelle Gaillard
      Director of Communications & Outreach

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