Evacuation warnings and flooding caused by steady rainfall


Evacuation Warning courtesy of @ButteSheriff on Twitter Photo credit: Butte County Sheriff’s Office

Update: 2:12 p.m.

According to Meghan McMahon, the Police Information Officer at the Butte County Sheriff’s office, “About six houses” have been evacuated due to flooding in the Butte County area.

While rain has slowed down through the afternoon hours, there is a high possibility that it will kick up again and additional evacuation notices will be sent out.

McMahon also stated that there was a “warning sent out to the community of Nord,” due to the flooding.

The fast moving water has broken through the Rock Creek Levee and has the potential to do more damage to the surrounding areas.

Information on road closures and alerts in your area can be found on Butte County’s website.

1:11 a.m.

According to a Butte County mobile emergency notice sent out by the Butte County Sheriff’s Office at 7:33 p.m. Wednesday night, “An evacuation warning is in place for the Richvale area between the Sacramento River and Nelson Shippee Road to Highway 162.”

The same notification states that residents in the area can pick up bags and sand for the bags for flood prevention at the Butte County Rice Growers Association on 1193 Richvale Highway. Residents must bring their own shovels.

Rainfall has been constant in the Chico and Butte County areas through Tuesday and Wednesday, leaving many streets submerged in water. Weather reports show that the rain will most likely continue through most of the weekend.

Cal Fire in the area has a specific Swift Water Rescue team on standby that has been specially trained to use ropes and mechanical systems that can assist anyone caught in fast moving water. The Cal Fire Butte Unit has team members setup around hazardous areas and are preparing for worst case scenarios.

The local Cal Fire Butte Department sent out a tweet at 3:01 p.m. saying “Swiftwater Rescue Team members is staffed and staging, anticipating more flooded roadways. They are ready to save lives but would rather not be needed!” RT@CALFIRE_ButteCo

More information on flooding and evacuations in the area will be posted as soon as possible.

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