Yuba County officials: Flood watch was unwarranted

A flood watch issued for Yuba County Thursday night by the National Weather Service and state officials was unwarranted, according to county authorities.

The flood watch stemmed from concerns surrounding a spillway near a pond along Little Dry Creek. In a Facebook post Friday morning, the Yuba County Office of Emergency Services wrote that the spillway's failure is unlikely.

"The pond itself is privately owned and has been there for about 70 years," the office wrote in the post. "Yuba County OES agreed the integrity of the aging spillway needed to be addressed. so we brought in state and local agencies to help come up with a solution."

"(Unknown) to us, the State OES and Weather Service took it upon themselves to issue a Flood Watch -- we did not believe such a move was necessary," officials state in the post.

The post continues:

Yuba County OES did notify the handful of residences downstream from the pond, simply as part of our duty to keep the public advised in such situations. But everyone needs to understand that we have concluded that homes in the notified areas are built on higher ground and are not in danger of damage from flooding. Our concern is that -- in the unlikely event of a spillway failure at the pond -- children or others who are on the banks of the stream could be caught up in the initial rush of water.

The bottom line is that we view a spillway failure as unlikely. The work we are doing with the landowner will likely result in the needed repairs and enhance the safety of those in the area.

News10 is reaching out to state officials and the National Weather Service for comment.

ORIGINAL STORY: Flood watch issued in Yuba County


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