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Initial Damage Estimate from March Storms: $2.1 Million
March 30, 2011
Sutter County’s Office of Emergency Management has submitted a report to the State of California detailing an initial estimate of more than $2.1 million in damages from the storms of March 2011.

Emergency Manager John DeBeaux Jr. told the Sutter County Board of Supervisors Tuesday night that Sutter County submitted the report to support a request that both the Governor of California and the President of the United States declare an emergency in Sutter County.

One day after Reclamation District 1001 declared a state of emergency on a levee near Verona, in southern Sutter County, the Board of Supervisors declared a local state of emergency, and asked both the state and the federal government to declare emergencies that would assist Sutter County in recovering costs for storm-related damage.

In the report to the California Emergency Management Agency, Sutter County estimated $2 million in damages to the northern Natomas Cross Canal levee that protects the Nicolaus basin, an estimated $100,000 in damages to roads and bridges through the Sutter Bypass that have been underwater for more than a week, $15,000 for debris removal, and an estimated $30,000 damage to the Tisdale Boat ramp, for a total declaration of $2,145,000.

The estimate may change when water levels recede and additional inspections are made.

Library Book Sale
March 29, 2011
The Friends of the Sutter County Library are hosting their Spring Used Book Sale. The sale is held at the Library, located at 750 Forbes Ave. Yuba City. Most books sold for just 50 cents an inch. Additional titles are added daily.

Event:   Sutter County Library Book Sale
Date:   March 26 to April 2, 2011
Time:   Monday to Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where:   Sutter County Library
750 Forbes Avenue
Yuba City, CA 95991
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Monitoring of North Natomas Cross Canal Levee at Verona Continues
March 28, 2011
VERONA, Sutter County—Reclamation District 1001 officials continue to monitor a 240-foot section of the northern Natomas Cross Canal Levee near Verona that developed cracking and first showed signs of slippage on Monday.

Sutter County and California Department of Water Resources officials visited the Saturday morning and met with Reclamation District 1001 representatives to assess the levee condition. Some additional horizontal cracking and slipping has occurred since Monday, but the levee remains stable and continues to hold back water in the canal. No evacuations have been called for.

It is anticipated that Reclamation District 1001 engineers will be evaluating the site to determine if emergency repairs will be necessary. Earlier this week, the section of levee was covered with visqueen, a thick plastic sheet, to keep rain water from seeping into the cracks. Vehicle traffic on the levee has been restricted to Reclamation District and emergency personnel only.

Passport Day in the USA
March 28, 2011
The Sutter County Clerk Recorder is hosting a special event in Yuba City, California on Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications. Thousands of local acceptance facilities around the country are joining the Department of State in celebrating Passport Day in the USA 2011, a national passport acceptance and outreach event.

U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book when entering the United States by air. U.S. citizens entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry must present a passport book, passport card, or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government.

Information on the cost and how to apply for a U.S. passport is available at travel.state.gov. U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone, in English and Spanish, by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778.

Event:   Passport Day in the USA
Date:   Saturday, April 9, 2011
Time:   10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where:   Sutter County Clerk Recorder
433 Second Street
Yuba City, CA 95991
Video: Levee at Verona/Nicolaus, and Overall State of Emergency
March 25, 2011
Sutter County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Gallagher presents an update on the local state of emergency declared in Sutter County in support of efforts to monitor and repair a section of levee on the Natomas Cross Canal that has cracked and slipped. The video also discusses the need for all of Sutter County to be vigilant in coming days as water runoff in area rivers and streams will remain at high levels. All 240 miles of levee in Sutter County are being patrolled.

You can also view the video on how to prepare for an emergency, produced by Sutter County and the Red Cross.

Japan’s Nuclear Emergency
March 25, 2011
UPDATE: Friday, March 25, 2011

No harmful doses of radiation are expected in North America from the damaged nuclear plant in Japan. Extremely small amounts of radiation that may have originated in Japan’s damaged nuclear plants have been detected by a few radiation detectors in California. The amounts are so small that they do not change the normal risk associated with natural background radiation from soil, brick and cosmic rays from space that is in our environment.

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is monitoring the situation very closely in conjunction with other state and federal partners. California has a radiological branch in place and routinely tests air, water and the food supply. If the situation changes and actions are needed to protect people here in California, the California Nuclear Emergency Response Plan would be activated and information and instructions sent out to news media and local agencies. For more information, visit the California Department of Public Health website and the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) website.

CDPH has established an information line in wake of Japan’s 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that damaged two Japanese nuclear reactors. The public information response line is staffed from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday thru Friday to answer questions about the impact to public health in California.

California Department of Public Health Japanese Earthquake Information Line – (916) 341-3947

Potassium iodide (KI) tablets are not recommended at this time. Taking potassium iodide when it is not needed can harm your health. Dosages can vary for individuals and should only be taken as advised by a medical professional. For more information on Potassium iodide (KI), visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

Safety is NO Accident
March 24, 2011
Did you know that preventable injuries rank among the top 10 causes of death for people of all ages? It only takes a moment for an injury to happen—a fall on a stair or a moment’s glance away from the road. But it also takes just a moment to protect against injuries and make our community safer.

During National Public Health Week, April 4-10, Sutter County Public Health has a broad vision to create a safe and healthy Sutter County. Join us as we work to make our community safer in ways big and small.

Safety is no Accident: Live Injury-Free

For more information on local events held in Sutter County during Public Health Week, please visit the Public Health website or call (530) 822-7215.

Run Drugs Out of Town
March 24, 2011
Please join us for the 6th Annual "Run Drugs Out of Town" 5K run/walk on Saturday, April 30th, 2011 at River Valley High school.

Registration opens at 7 a.m., and there will be a mascot race, children's races, games, free pancake breakfast, Zumba, community booths and more!

To volunteer, please contact Kerri Miller at (530) 822-7263.

Employees, to register through the wellness program, contact Ericka Lansdon at (530) 822-5939 ext. 247.

Sutter County Declares Local Emergency
March 23, 2011
The Sutter County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution March 22 declaring a local emergency in response to a 240-foot crack in a levee in southern Sutter County, localized flooding due to power failures at pumping stations, and a need to find volunteers to assist in housing homeless who have fled the river bottoms because of rising rivers.

A California Conservation Corps crew and farmers in the Nicolaus basin placed sheets of visqueen, a thick plastic covering over a crack on the landside of the northern Natomas Cross Canal levee about 1 ¼ mile east of Garden Highway in the Verona area on Tuesday, March 22. The plastic covering will prevent additional rain water from entering the crack and further compromising the levee, a portion of which has slumped several inches.

Representatives from Reclamation District 1001, which maintains the levee, Sutter County, the California Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were examining the crack and slippage that was discovered Monday by a Reclamation District levee patrol. The Reclamation District began patrols on Thursday, March 17, and discovered the crack soon after it occurred.

There are approximately 100 homes and dozens of agricultural buildings in the Verona and Nicolaus basin that would be threatened by a levee failure on the northern Natomas Cross Canal. The canal carries flood waters from development in Placer County through Sutter County into the Sacramento River.

Reclamation District 1001 General Manager Diane Fales said the condition of the levee poses only a small threat at this time. RD 1001, and officials from Sutter County, the Department of Water Resources and the Army Corps of Engineers will continue to monitor the levee and report on any changes in its condition. Residents in the area are advised to be prepared to evacuate, if necessary.

In addition to the levee issue, the local declaration of emergency addresses the need of Red Cross for volunteers to assist at a shelter established for dozens of homeless who have been evacuated from the Feather River bottoms due to high water, and concerns about localized flooding caused by power outages over the weekend that crippled some pumps at Department of Water Resources pumping stations and caused water to back up onto roads.

Red Cross is in need of volunteers to assist with the shelter, and with its ongoing mission of providing assistance to residents during disasters. To volunteer, contact Debra VanSickle, at 530-673-1460, ext. 13.

All Sutter County residents are advised that a large snow pack, saturated soils, and a forecast for more rains pose the potential for additional high water. During this time, it is advisable to maintain at least a half tank of gas in your car and enough food for three days. View the Sutter County/Red Cross video production on how to be prepared for an emergency.

Folic Acid News Release
March 22, 2011
Sutter County Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Program has a limited supply of folate containing multivitamins available at no charge to Sutter County resident WOMEN ages 18-35 who are not currently pregnant. Pregnant women should be on a slightly stronger prenatal vitamin during their pregnancy, but can switch to the program’s folate vitamin after pregnancy.

Public Health recommendations are for “every woman, every day” to consume 400 micrograms of folate, and this project is an effort to increase awareness of this recommendation. There are no income restrictions, and the program just requires completion of a short survey. This Healthy Moms/Healthy Babies project is funded by a small grant from the March of Dimes.

Please call Alice Williams-Root, Public Health Nurse at 822-7215 to schedule a brief appointment time. You can drop by Sutter County Public Health Department from 8-5, Monday through Friday to see if Alice is available, but it is best to call in advance. Please take advantage of this great opportunity!

American Red Cross Shelter Open, Volunteers Sought
March 21, 2011
The American Red Cross of Northeastern California shelter is available to those in need of shelter from the current rainy weather conditions. Volunteers are being sought to help staff the shelter. Duties include checking in guests, assigning bedding, providing snacks and other related activities. Three shifts run from 7 am to 3 pm, 3 pm to 11pm, and 11 pm to 7 am. Volunteers who cannot work an eight hour shift may choose to help as their schedule permits.

The American Red Cross is seeking donations of tents, blankets and sleeping bags. Donations can be dropped off during business hours, Monday – Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. Also, donations of dinners for 20 people are being sought. To donate dinners, please call Debra between 9 am and 4 pm at 530-673-1460.

The shelter is located next to the American Red Cross offices at 2125 East Onstott Road, Yuba City, CA 95991. They can be reached by phone at 530-673-1460.

Volunteer applications are available on-site and at www.ARCNEC.org.

New Rule Shots Before School
March 14, 2011
All 7th through 12th graders are now required to receive a Pertussis (Whooping Cough) shot before starting the 2011-2012 school year. Starting with the 2012-2013 school year, all incoming 7th graders will need proof of a Tdap shot to start school. Call your child's doctor today for an appointment. There will be no grace period...No immunization—No school.

 
For additional information see:
Love Them, Protect Them
March 14, 2011
California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommends that all new parents, grandparents and those persons who will be around a new infant to be immunized against Pertussis. The vaccine is called Tdap, and is protection against Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Tetanus and Diphtheria.
 
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Frequently Asked Budget Questions Now Available
March 07, 2011
On February 15, 2011, Sutter County Administrative Officer Stephanie J. Larsen reported to the Board of Supervisors that, absent a dramatic turnaround in the national and local economies, Sutter County’s Fiscal Year 2011-12 General Fund budget will be facing a $14.3 million structural deficit. Learn more about the upcoming budget in the FAQ prepared by the County Administrative Office.