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Holiday Closure
December 28, 2009
On Friday, January 1st, most county offices will be closed in observance of the New Year's Holiday.
Holiday Closure
December 21, 2009
On Thursday and Friday, December 24th & 25th, most county offices will be closed in observance of the Christmas Holiday. On Friday, January 1st, most county offices will be closed in observance of the New Year's Holiday.
The Christmas Eve Sutter County Flood Stories Now Free on iTunes
December 20, 2009
Just in time for Christmas, a different kind of holiday story is unfolding on the Internet.

If a new MP3 player is under your tree this year, Sutter County and the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency have some recommended listening. As of Dec. 18, a series of interviews of survivors of the Christmas Eve 1955 flood are available as podcast downloads on iTunes.

Those without an MP3 player can listen to the interviews by visiting www.sutterbutteflood.org.

The interviews conducted by former KUBA General Manager Dutch Klemp in the weeks following the disaster are now available for free online, as a result of the due effort by Sutter County to archive stories and images from the Dec. 24, 1955 levee failure that flooded 90 percent of Yuba City and killed 38 Sutter County residents, and an effort by the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency to educate residents about planned flood control improvements.

“What About the Flood” was a series on KUBA radio featuring live interviews of emergency workers and flood survivors conducted and aired in the first four months of 1956. Mr. Klemp recorded the interviews and the recordings were donated by his family to the Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County.

This year, Sutter County began an effort to archive first person accounts and images from the Christmas Eve flood that was the worst disaster in California since the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco. Moe Howard, a KUBA on-air personality and a volunteer in the archiving project, converted the reel-to-reel analog recordings to a digital format that makes the recordings more accessible through the use of 21st technology.

The interviews detail the mass evacuations, levee sandbagging efforts, bridge and levee collapses, rooftop rescues, and drownings that occurred after record rainfall raised the water in area rivers in the week of Christmas 1955.

Four of the 37 interviews have been posted on the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency website and the iTunes audio recording site in the past week. People who subscribe to the iTunes podcasts will receive new recordings as they are added to the site. You will find the podcasts on iTunes by typing in "Yuba City flood" or "Sutter Butte Flood Control" in the iTunes search feature.

In addition to the audio recordings from 1956, the 1955 Flood Archive Project has resulted in more than 30 hours of videotaped interviews and donations to the museum of digital copies of color 8 mm and 16 mm film images. Sutter County is in the final phases of editing a documentary that combines the new videotaped interviews, the KUBA audio interviews, still images of the flood, and the moving picture images. When completed, the movie will be available on Comcast and at the Community Memorial Museum and the Sutter County Library.

Open House and Children's Program at Museum
December 15, 2009
We've decorated from floor to ceiling and we're celebrating the holidays with an open house and children's program on Sunday, December 20, 2009 from 1-3 p.m. Stories will be told, John Carter will sing and homemade cookies, punch and cider will be served after the program. All ages are welcome. Admission is free.

The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Regular open hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

Agricultural Crop Damage Reporting
December 10, 2009
Agricultural disasters caused by unusual adverse weather conditions substantially affect farmers and ranchers throughout California every year. The Sutter County Agricultural Commissioner is responsible for determining when these events have occurred and compiling reports used to request USDA Secretarial disaster declarations.

In order to qualify for federal disaster assistance, the Agricultural Commissioner is required to file a "Disaster Report" to the California Emergency Management Agency within 60 days of the end of the incident. If you have experienced a weather-related crop loss, please notify the Agricultural Commissioner by phone at 822-7500 or you may log your loss on our website at the link listed below.

Free H1N1 Vaccination Clinic
December 08, 2009
Sutter County Public Health Department is holding its first H1N1 community vaccination clinic for Sutter County residents next week.

When:
Friday, December 18, 2009
3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Where:
Sutter County Veteran's Hall
1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City

The FREE H1N1 community vaccination clinic is for ALL medically eligible Sutter County residents.

Please see the attached Press Release  and Flyer.