The Orion

Assemblyman comes to Chico; discusses plans for Oroville Spillway future

George Johnston

March 31, 2017

James Gallagher, the assemblyman to California's 3rd State district, visited Chico March 30 to participate in a discussion of the Oroville Dam crisis at the Chico City Chambers.Gallagher began the discussion by retelling his family’s evacuation experience and how they handled the Oroville Dam crisi...

More than 50,000 homes could be affected if Oroville Dam fails

Jafet Serrato

February 20, 2017

A new data analysis predicts 15,750 homes in Butte County could be damaged if the Oroville Dam completely failed.The data brief provided by Alexandra Hayes includes the following counties:· Colusa· Glenn· Sutter· Yolo· YubaA total of 50,047 homes would be in danger of flooding by t...

President Hutchinson reacts to Oroville Spillway crisis

The Academic Senate discussing the main topics of immediate solution during Emergency  protocol. Photo credit: Jacqueline Morales

Jacqueline Morales

February 17, 2017

President Gayle Hutchinson expressed her thoughts and reactions about the Oroville Spillway during the Academic Senate meeting Feb. 16. "Sunday I was at home working on my dining room table in the afternoon enjoying a little sunshine outside when I get a text message from a friend of mine asking,...

Chico State talks emergency plan after evacuations

Volunteers help keep evacuee children occupied. Photo credit: George Johnston

Kayla Fitzgerald

February 15, 2017

After the recent Spillway crisis, Chico State wants students to know how to help and prepare for future incidents.According to a public affairs email, there is an Emergency Operations Plan that the university follows for situations similar to the Spillway. There is an Emergency Response Guide that helps student...

Oroville evacuees returning home

Family packing up there things and heading home. Photo credit: George Johnston

George Johnston

February 14, 2017

Joyful cheers came from the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds as the immediate evacuation order was changed to an evacuation warning. An estimated 1,650 people were at the fairgrounds, according to the American Red Cross. Linda Stapleton was among those evacuees. She felt blessed she could leave. "I've...

Spillway crisis causes class cancellations, affects Chico State faculty

Oroville lake, spillway and emergency spillway. Photo courtesy of California Department of Water Resources.

Kayla Fitzgerald and Alejandra Fraga

February 14, 2017

Students have experienced class cancellations since some faculty have been unable to reach campus because of the Oroville Spillway crisis. Forrest Hartman, a professor in the journalism department, is a resident of Oroville and has been unable to leave his home because of potential road closures. "It'...

Evacuation centers in need of supplies

Silver Dollar Fairgrounds houses evacuees. Photo credit: George Johnston

Kayla Fitzgerald

February 14, 2017

Donations are needed to support evacuees at Chico shelters.According to an email from public affairs, the shelters are currently in need of supplies, but do not need food donations at this time. Those items include:New sweatpants for men, women and childrenNew socksNew towelsNew blanketsBaby diapers (al...

Chico State campus remains open during Oroville Spillway incident

President Hutchinson. Photo courtesy of Chico State.

Bianca Quilantan

February 13, 2017

Chico State campus and operations will remain open on Monday in light of the recent Oroville spillway situation, President Gayle Hutchinson said in a press release. Safety of students and faculty, she said, is the university's first priority. However, some university operations may be affected. Hutchinson...

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