As California officials are frantically working to reduce water levels at the Oroville Dam, the Federal Emergency Management Agency says its preparing for the “worst case scenario.”
The agency has sent an eight-person incident management team to assist the state’s Office of Emergency Services to help prepare for the potentially devastating flooding that could affect communities below the dam, said Dr. Ahsha Tribble, acting regional administrator for FEMA’s Region 9. The regional office covers California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada and the Pacific Islands.
FEMA representatives were dispatched to the Flood Operations Center in Sacramento, she said. The regional office has also called on other federal agencies to assist state officials if needed, Tribble said.