Evacuation warning issued for areas of Dunsmuir

Liz Pyles

An evacuation warning order has been issued by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office for the following areas of Dunsmuir- River Avenue, Butterfly Avenue, Clark Street, Gillis Street, and South First Street to the Siskiyou County line. In the Shasta Retreat area- Cave Avenue, Scarlet Lane, Goodsell Avenue, and Haven Avenue to the Siskiyou/Shasta County Line.

Randy Johnsen, Dunsmuir Interim City Manger, said people living on those streets need to prepare for a mandatory evacuation that may come at any time.

According to the order, flood conditions in those areas have been “deemed imminent.”

The order was effective as of 11:30 a.m. today, Feb. 9.

An evacuation shelter is established in the Dunsmuir Catholic Parish Hall located at 5605 Shasta Avenue by the Red Cross.

If mandatory evacuation is ordered, sheriff officers will go door to door to notify residents said Johnsen.

Johnsen said the National Weather Service issued a warning because they are looking at the amount of water flowing into the Sacramento River north of Dunsmuir. He said rain and snow melt are flowing into the river. The ground is also saturated and not able to absorb the water.

Johnsen said a section of road along Butterfly Avenue and Gillis Street has been closed due to flooding.

A mudslide that occurred earlier today on Dunsmuir Avenue south of the southbound I-5 on-ramp has been cleared by Caltrans.

The Dunsmuir public works yard has sand, bags and shovels available to make sandbags.

Emergency information is available at the City website: www.ci.dunsmuir.ca.us/news/ or the City of Dunsmuir facebook page. Or call the Dunsmuir Fire Department at 530-235-2551.

Evacuation updates and flood status information is also available at the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office 530-841-2900 and the Siskiyou County Office of Emergency Services 530-841-2155.