To All Members of the Campus Community:
We have learned that residents of Oroville, Yuba City, Marysville, Yuba County, Sutter County, and Butte County, as well as the surrounding valley floor have been ordered to immediately evacuate the area in anticipation of the failure of the auxiliary spillway at Oroville Dam. If you live in the area, please immediately evacuate as directed by your local law enforcement.
Our thoughts are with the members of our Hornet Family who are affected by this extremely dangerous situation. The utmost priority at this time is their safety and well-being. I ask that in the coming days, we remain flexible and understanding, and that we do everything that we can to help our students, staff, and faculty who are affected by the uncertainty and danger of this emergency.
An evacuation center has been set up at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico. The Elks Lodge in Paradise is also opening its RV park for free to evacuees. Please be safe, evacuate, and, if possible, stay in contact with your professors and supervisors as the situation develops. The Hornet Family stands by to assist in every way possible.
Robert S. Nelsen