Prepare for a Disaster

An aerial photo looking at Marysville surrounded by water during the 1997 flood.

High water surrounds the City of Marysville following the 1997 New Year's flood event.

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, winter storm update: The lower Yuba, Feather and Bear rivers remain well below flood stage. In addition, New Bullards Bar Reservoir is currently at 80 percent of its total capacity, with more than 190,000 acre-feet of available storage to capture future inflow.

Yuba Water does not anticipate needing to use its spillway at New Bullards Bar to release water at this time. Instead, the agency continues to make modest releases from the dam as part of its normal hydropower operations.

If conditions change, Yuba Water will post updates here and on social media. In the meantime, follow the Yuba County Office of Emergency Services for the latest information from Yuba County and read on for additional resources.

Yuba Water Agency does everything it can to prevent flooding and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire. From the tip of the Yuba River watershed, down to the valley floor, Yuba Water works with many local, state and federal partners to help protect residents and communities from the next natural disaster. However, anytime you live near a levee or below a dam, you are at risk of flooding. There is always a possibility that a storm will come along that is bigger than the system was designed to handle. And despite the unwavering beauty of the Yuba County foothills, the risk of a wildfire is ever-present. 

There are many things you can do to prepare yourself, your home and your family for flooding and wildfire.

Resources to help you prepare for a flood and wildfire

Flood preparedness tips

  • Know your risk: Know whether your home is in a flood zone; pay attention to weather forecasts; and listen to local authorities.
  • Be prepared: Always have an emergency evacuation kit ready; be prepared to evacuate early; have a household inventory with copies of critical documents; and have a plan for where you will go in an emergency and what to do with your pets.
  • Take action: Evacuate immediately when advised. Also, homeowners’ insurance does not cover damage due to flooding; consider purchasing flood insurance.

Current river conditions and forecasts

Additional disaster preparedness resources