FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 22, 2023
BUTTE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS PREPARES FOR FEBRUARY 2023 STORMS
Butte County, CA – The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the Northern Sacramento Valley and Central Sacramento Valley, including Butte County, through Saturday morning. NWS predicts snowfall down to 1,000 ft. elevation, with wind gusts as high as 50-75 mph.
In anticipation of the weather event, Butte County Department of Public Works Road Crews have staged snow removal equipment throughout the County and will be on-call 24 hours a day during this weather event to help maintain safety on public roadways. During heavy snowfall, Road Crews prioritize clearing main arterial and collector roadways, primary emergency response routes, and school bus routes first. Additionally, Road Crews respond to emergency conditions like fallen trees, localized flooding, and down power lines affecting public safety. When heavy snowfall impacts roads below 2,500 ft. elevation, Road Crews deploy additional pick-up truck plows and personnel to clear the roadways. As a result, it may take time to fully plow and clear all County-maintained roads affected by snow.
The Butte County Department of Public Works urges the public to continue to monitor the latest forecasts for updates to the Winter Storm Watch through the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov. To report any roadway issues during regular business hours between 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, contact the Butte County Department of Public Works at (530) 538-7681, Option 2. To report any roadway issues after hours, contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at (530) 538-7322. Power outages can be reported to PG&E. For all emergencies, call 9-1-1.