On February 13, 2017, residents of three counties along the Feather River, south of the Oroville Dam, were issued evacuation orders for fear the Oroville Spillway would fail.
Over 200,000 residents living along the river in Butte, Yuba, and Sutter Counties began the process of packing their most valuable possessions, children, and pets to begin their bumper-to-bumper migration out of the area.
There was no warning, just a broadcast announcement over local TV stations and an emergency text alert. Residents waited up to six hours from the time the orders were issued until all were safely out of the area.
I can attest to that, as I was part of the evacuation. It took my daughter and I three hours in bumper to bumper traffic, just to make it one mile in the small Sutter County town of Sutter.
But even after the all clear was given, the evacuation orders lifted, and residents were finally back at their homes, the danger still lurks.