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Butte County proclaims local emergency due to washed out roads

Two Butte County roads are closed indefinitely after recent storms caused extensive damage. Butte County's CAO has proclaimed a local emergency.

Posted: Mar 3, 2019 6:05 PM
Updated: Mar 4, 2019 8:58 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Two Butte County roads are closed indefinitely after recent storms caused extensive and expensive damage. The situation is so bad that the county Chief Administrative Officer proclaimed a local emergency.

One of the areas with extensive damage is Dark Canyon Road in the Feather River Canyon between Yankee Hill and Big Bend. A landslide took out a section of the pavement and a local spring box (house) where people in the area came for decades to get fresh water.

Locals told Action News Now that there are not many residents along this road, but it is the way to get to the Dark Canyon boat launch for Lake Oroville, which is a State Park facility.

Centerville Road near Nimshew is also damaged beyond the county's ability to fix it.

Butte County officials are asking the governor to add the county to the emergency declaration of where California storm damage has caused severe damage.

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