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Oroville schools to be closed Friday due to severe weather

Photo: Benson Kua / CC BY-SA 2.0

OROVILLE, Calif. - With the urging of the Butte County Office of Education, public schools in Oroville will be closed Friday after concerns of possible flooding in the area.

In a letter sent to employees, Superintendent Tim Taylor said that "Safety of our students, staff, and community is the number one concern for the Butte County Office of Education."

He continued to say that current weather conditions and the uncertainty caused by the Oroville spillway damage led him to call for an emergency situation and advisory asking all public schools to be closed on Friday, February 10.

The schools affected include:

Bangor Union Elementary School District Feather Falls Union Elementary School District Golden Feather Union Elementary School District Oroville Elementary School District Palermo Union Elementary School District Pioneer Union Elementary School District Thermalito Union Elementary School District in Butte County

All of Butte County Office of Education offices and schools in Oroville will also be closed

Superintendent Taylor told KRCR that he was going to "err on the side of caution" and that this decision was reached after he talked to the Sheriff's office and other law enforcement.

Taylor mentioned that it was more than just the safety of students in the schools, but also keeping the roadways clear of school day traffic in case of an emergency.

Dr. Penny Chennell-Carter, Superintendent of the Oroville Elementary School District, said that they are just making a precautionary choice even though the Department of Water Resources says that the Oroville Spillway is safe and controlled.

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