BREAKING NEWS Redding Police: Man hospitalized after hours-long negotiation with officers Full Story

New Book Released About Oroville Dam Spillway Emergency

A non-fiction book was released ahead of the 2nd anniversary of the Oroville Dam Spillway Emergency.

Posted: Jan 28, 2019 7:02 PM
Updated: Jan 29, 2019 9:32 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Spillway Emergency: The Story of the Failure of the Oroville Dam Spillway and the Evacuation of Oroville has just been released by authors William Sager and Wayne Wilson.

Both authors are retired from Fire Service with CAL FIRE, where they had been involved with many evacuations. But the spillway failure of February 2017 was their first time as evacuees. That perspective led them to chronicle the events that happened, as they unfolded and to publish a non-fiction book about it.

With Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea's permission, they were able to have access to areas others didn't and were able to conduct interviews as well. In fact, Honea wrote the foreword for the book. They also worked closely with Acting DWR  Director Bill Coyle and others.

The two enlisted help to research media coverage and followed up on interesting points by searching out government documents. Sager, who was the Unit Chief for Cal Fire-Butte County from 2003 to 2008, appeared last week on Action News Now at Noon where he told Anchorwoman Linda Watkins-Bennett that the process was like "peeling an onion" with many layers of stories. He went on to say they worked hard to be objective and to present a balanced account of what happened.

The book is dedicated to "The men and women of the Department of Water Resources, the Butte County Sheriff's Office, CAL FIRE/the Butte County Fire Department, and other public agencies, as well as numerous private contractors and other citizens who put the safety of others ahead of their own to ensure that citizens downstream of the Oroville dam were safe when the flood control spillway broke apart."

Spillway Emergency: The Story of the Failure of the Oroville Dam Spillway and the Evacuation of Oroville is available through Amazon for approximately $20. You can buy signed copies of the book for $5 more at www.waynewilsonartworks.com.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 591376

Reported Deaths: 10753
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2142835112
Riverside43376824
Orange41823745
San Bernardino38290555
San Diego33157602
Kern25179183
Fresno17978191
Alameda14112209
San Joaquin13870235
Santa Clara12962207
Sacramento12274179
Tulare11643205
Stanislaus10855177
Contra Costa10103149
Imperial9919252
Ventura874093
San Francisco783467
Santa Barbara707473
San Mateo6535122
Merced610274
Monterey562839
Marin547181
Kings506762
Solano433841
Sonoma382551
Madera259040
Placer237724
San Luis Obispo230017
Yolo189845
Santa Cruz13166
Butte12808
Napa114211
Sutter10197
El Dorado7852
San Benito7674
Lassen6830
Yuba6784
Mendocino47810
Shasta46910
Glenn4363
Colusa3975
Nevada3571
Tehama3041
Humboldt2934
Lake2532
Amador19510
Calaveras1611
Mono1601
Tuolumne1592
Inyo1135
Siskiyou1060
Del Norte1040
Mariposa632
Plumas370
Trinity60
Modoc50
Sierra50
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 102° Lo: 72°
Feels Like: 72°
Oroville
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 103° Lo: 73°
Feels Like: 74°
Paradise
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 95° Lo: 73°
Feels Like: 72°
Chester
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 49°
Red Bluff
Clear
71° wxIcon
Hi: 103° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 71°
Willows
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 104° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 72°
The weather of northern California is beginning to heat up again, and we have potentially dangerous heat coming our way in the short and long term.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events