Welcome to Butte County

Butte County is a place of natural beauty with countless opportunities for recreation in both rural and urban environments. Many Butte County residents live in one of the five incorporated towns or cities: Biggs, Chico, Gridley, Oroville or Paradise. Butte County government provides services to residents through 23 diverse departments. Services include elections, road maintenance, public safety, solid waste disposal, and health and human services to name a few.

Stay Prepared for Storms and Heavy Rain

The National Weather Service issued a Flood Warning for streams in portions of Northern California, including Butte County until 2:45 pm Thursday afternoon, A Flood Warning means flooding is imminent or occurring and all interested parties should take necessary precautions immediately.

Residents are encouraged to prepare to protect property from flooding. Butte County residents have filled thousands of sandbags at locations where sand is provided throughout the County yesterday and this morning. Drivers should be aware of rising water and not drive through flooded roadways. Turn around, don't drown.

Road Closures

Road Closed

Many roads in Butte County are closed due to flooding. View a full list online. To check state road conditions visit dot.ca.gov and chp.ca.gov.

Sandbag Locations

View a full list of locations to get sandbags, bulk sand, and empty bags in Butte County. If you cannot store sandbags onsite, know where you can access sand and bags when a storm watch or warning is issued.

Stay Informed During an Emergency

Emergency personnel monitor the status of a storm and conditions. Residents should stay informed as storms progresses.

Weather and Road Conditions

Dial 9-1-1 for emergencies only, do not call for information or to report power outages.

PG&E Information Line - 1.800.743.5000 (Report power outages and downed power lines)
View and report outages to PG&E online or with a mobile device and follow on Twitter @PGE4Me.

Storm Information Online & on Social

Butte County
Website | Twitter | Facebook

Butte County Sheriff's Office
Website | Twitter | Facebook | Nextdoor

CAL FIRE / Butte County Fire
Website | CAL FIRE Incidents | Twitter

Sign up to receive emergency notifications by phone (landline or mobile), text message, or email. Sign up online.

Residents with scanners or weather radios can listen to updates on NOAA radio, WWF67 at 162.40 MHZ. This station cannot be picked up on regular AM/FM radios but receivers can be purchased at area electronics stores for between $20 and $200. Residents can also stay tuned to local media for updates and weather warnings.

Prepare your property now to reduce flooding during heavy rain events.

The National Weather Service is tracking and forecasting an El Nino event for Winter 2015/2016. El Nino events may bring heavy rainfall to the area, which can result in flooding.

  • Make a place for water to runoff. 
    • Clear ditches on your property or adjacent to your property of vegetation and other debris before it rains to ensure water runoff has a place to flow.
    • Be aware permits may be required to work in some creeks, streams, rivers, and ditches not maintained by the County. 
  • Be ready to protect your property with sandbags.
    • Have full sandbags stored onsite and ready to use during a heavy rain event. View a full list of locations to get sandbags, bulk sand, and empty bags in Butte County.
    • If you cannot store sandbags onsite, know where you can access sand and bags when a storm watch or warning is issued. 


Call 911 for Police, Fire or Medical emergencies.

Child Abuse
800.400.0902 or

24 Hour Domestic Violence Help
800.895.8476 or

Rape Crisis
800.656.4673 or

Elder Abuse

Children Mental Health Crisis
800.371.4373 or

Adult Mental Health Crisis
800.334.6622 or

Victim/Witness Program
530.538.7340 or