Oroville Councilwoman Marlene Del Rosario, 79, said she still remembers 1997, the last time the Oroville area was evacuated because of flooding fears.
"The evacuations this time are much more serious," she said of Sunday's massive evacuation, which covered more than 100,000 people.
"I never thought anything like this would happen in my lifetime," she said. "There's never been a problem."
Her husband drove heavy machinery to help build the dam.