One family fled from Yuba City Sunday night when they got word of the threat from the spillway at the Oroville Dam.
"Knowing that your home, your livelihood, you have to leave it behind is very, very overwhelming," evacuee Gurjit Dale said.
We're talking to an extended family of 40 that evacuated Yuba City because of the Oroville spillway! pic.twitter.com/DfOd900Fdh— carolyn tyler (@ctylerabc7) February 13, 2017
In all, 40 members of one extended family are now waiting it out at a hotel in Fairfield.
They say unlike the chaotic exodus of bumper to bumper traffic many evacuees endured Sunday night, their drive was smooth because someone who works at the dam gave them a heads up before the mandatory order was issued. Still, leaving was not drama free, especially for the children.
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"I just grabbed my laptop and started shoving clothes in my suitcases as I started to pack, that's when it hit: 'OK this is happening.' I was frantically running all over the house packing," evacuee Anisha Gill said.
There is no word when this family or the thousands and thousands of others will be allowed back home. "This is still a dynamic situation. It's still a situation we're trying to assess," Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said.
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For the family staying in Fairfield, it has been surreal. "The typical thing for Yuba City is it's a boring town, nothing to do. Yesterday, it felt look a town in a movie, an apocalyptic-movie kind of thing," evacuee Bhavin Dale said.
Butte County sheriff officials are working on a re-population plan for all evacuees once the situation is deemed safe.
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