Oroville Dam Update as of 2/15 (morning)
February 15, 2017
Following the lifting of the evacuation at 2 p.m. Tuesday, all three United Methodist evacuation centers (Sutter UMC, Chico Trinity UMC, and Roseville First UMC) shifted from active, to standby mode. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea announced that the evacuation order was lifted and that it was safe to return; however, there remains "an evacuation warning" that considers the possibility that there could be future changes in the situation. With rain expected later this week, all three evacuation centers are prepared to re-open should the evacuation be reinstated.
Sutter UMC housed 30 people in the church (plus 7 dogs), and 30 additional people in RV’s on Sunday night. On Monday night, another were 45 housed in the church (plus 5 dogs and 1 cat), and 60 additional people in RV’s. All of the evacuees were fed with the food coming from many sources including the Assembly of God Food Caravan. United Methodists made up 10 to 20 percent of the evacuees, with 10 to 20 percent being Euro-Americans, and 60 to 70 percent from the Sikh and Hindu communities.
Chico Trinity UMC housed 53 individuals last night, and 24 persons (at least half under age 10) on Sunday night, 53 persons (at last half under age 10) on Monday night. The evacuees were all Hmong families from Oroville First UMC. Food was provided by the church, Olive Garden restaurant, and from the evacuee families.
Roseville First UMC is also on call to be used, but has not had to house any persons.
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