California keeps tabs on flooding after powerful storm

California keeps tabs on flooding after powerful storm
California keeps tabs on flooding after powerful storm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Flood warnings and watches were in effect Monday in parts of northern California following a powerful “atmospheric river” storm that inundated the state over New Year’s weekend.

A new weather system was expected in the afternoon or evening, but the National Weather Service said the rain would be modest until another strong atmospheric river arrived Tuesday evening, a long plume of moisture. of the Pacific Ocean.

Even with the respite from torrential rains and heavy snowfall, flood warnings and watches remained in effect in the Sacramento County area, where widespread flooding and levee failures in agricultural region inundated the roads and highways.

Emergency crews rescued motorists from New Year’s Eve until Sunday morning. On Sunday, crews found a dead person inside a submerged vehicle near Highway 99, said Dan Quiggle, assistant fire chief for operations with the Cosumnes Community Service District Fire Department, at The Sacramento Bee.

Sacramento County Authorities issued an evacuation order late Sunday for residents of the low-lying community of Point Pleasant near Interstate 5, citing impending and dangerous flooding. Residents of nearby communities of Glanville Tract and Franklin Pond have been told to prepare to leave before other roads are cut off by rising waters and evacuation becomes impossible.

“The Cosumnes River and Mokelumne River floods are expected to move southwest toward I-5 and could reach these areas in the middle of the night,” the service office said. Sacramento County Emergency. https://twitter.com/SacramentoOES/status/1609651639673303041 Sunday afternoon. “Livestock in affected areas should be moved to higher ground.”

North of the state capital, crews cleared overturned trees from roads and sidewalks, and at least 6,300 customers were still without power as of early Monday, up from more than 150,000 two days earlier, a map shows. Sacramento Municipal District online.

State highway workers spent the holiday weekend clearing heavy snow that was blocking traffic from major highways through the Sierra Nevada.

Near Lake Tahoe, dozens of drivers were rescued on New Year’s Eve along Interstate 80 after cars spun in snow during the blizzard, the California Department of Transportation said.

Rainfall in downtown San Francisco reached 5.46 inches (13.87 cm) on New Year’s Eve, making it the second wettest day on record, behind a deluge in November 1994, said the National Weather Service.

In Southern California, several people have been rescued after floodwaters inundated cars in San Bernardino and Orange counties. No major injuries were reported.

With no rainfall forecast during Monday’s Rose Parade in Pasadena, spectators lined their spots along the city’s main boulevard for the 134th annual floral pageant.

The rain was welcomed in drought-scorched California. The past three years have been the driest on record in the state, but it takes a lot more precipitation to make a significant difference.

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