Update: Since 5pm yesterday (12 hour period) the water level in Lake Oroville has dropped by 4 feet due to water released from the main spillway.
WEB Notes: Let this be a lesson to everyone. You always need to be prepared for an emergency, this is why we constantly talk about preparation. When people are struck by crisis’ like this they always say we did not know it was going to happen. That is exactly why you should always be prepared. You do not know what surprises life will bring you each and everyday. You have insurance on your home and cars don’t you? Preparing is an insurance policy as well, get used to it, make it a part of your life. That does not mean you have 20 years worth of this or that. It means you do not leave your cabinets dry. This is the perfect time to address this as this is fresh in everyone’s mind.
For those who were evacuated all they would be able to do is take water, food and blankets with them. But you need to have those items to begin with. Trying to stock up during a time of crisis is just about worthless. I know people who were stuck in the evacuation traffic for hours without moving. It was extremely upsetting for them and everyone else as roads were blocked off by authorities directing traffic out of the towns. We are talking about 188,000 people who were evacuated from the area. This area of Northern California consists of many small towns and communities. Always know your surroundings and understand the roads in your area to possibly make your exit strategy faster. Never become complacent with preparation, when you do that is when disaster tends to strike and that would be a shame for those who typically work hard doing that.
On Wednesday more rain comes to these communities, so our prayers go out to everyone involved.