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All 23,000 California National Guard soldiers and airmen ordered to be on alert for Oroville

UPDATE: Thursday, 2/16 press conference, Butte County Sheriff states that the National Guard is on alert and staged, ready for evacuations if need be or any other mission that may arise.

UPDATE: The backstory on the photo above is here: Watch a California Guard Black Hawk crew rescue a man from flood waters

Feb. 13, 2017, 4:19 a.m. by Matt Stevens

The California National Guard is on standby and ready to assist with the Oroville Dam emergency, Adjutant General David Baldwin said during Sunday night’s press conference.

The California National Guard put out an alert to all 23,000 of its soldiers and airmen telling them to be “ready to go if needed,” Baldwin said. The last time officials sent out such a broad notification was during the 1992 riots in Los Angeles, he said.

The California National Guard would deploy eight helicopters to assist with spillway reconstruction; military police would also be deployed to Yuba County, Baldwin said.