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Cal Expo opens as shelter for people evacuating due to Oroville spillway concerns

Oroville Dam evacuees wait it out in Chico: 'As soon as they say I can go, I'm going home'

Jim Eversole and his wife, Barbara, talk about their evacuation from the Oroville area to the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico on Monday, February 13, 2017. They were evacuated under threat of flooding after damage to the Oroville Dam spillway.
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Jim Eversole and his wife, Barbara, talk about their evacuation from the Oroville area to the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico on Monday, February 13, 2017. They were evacuated under threat of flooding after damage to the Oroville Dam spillway.

Cal Expo is open to residents from Yuba, Sutter and Butte counties who were evacuated Sunday night due to flooding concerns related to the Oroville Dam evacuation.

The American Red Cross set up a shelter with assistance from the California Conservation Corps. Heath Wakelee, spokesman for the Red Cross’ Gold Country Region, said Cal Expo will take people in RVs as well. It opened at noon Monday.

Supplies are pouring in from Los Angeles and Reno, Wakelee said. Five thousand cots, 10,000 blankets and 15,000 toiletry kits are on their way, he said.

“This has been elevated now to a national event, so we have people flying in from all over the country with a lot of experience with large-scale events,” he said.

Yuba City evacuee Merida Lozano waits at the Yolo County Fairgrounds for word that it is safe to return home. She and many others have been displaced by evacuations after damage to the Oroville Dam spillway. Monday, February 13, 2017.

Ellen Garrison: 916-321-1920, @EllenGarrison

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