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Feather River Rises While Yuba River Set To Flood Again

  

The Yuba River is expected to rise again to a little over 85 feet in Marysville. The areas of Simpson Lane and Dantoni Road are still under evacuation.

Jose Cortez lives in a home in an orchard about half a mile from the river. He was evacuated Sunday. The road is closed, but, after the water receded, he drove around a barricade to see if he could get to his home and pets. He can't.

"I live over there and I got four dogs," says Cortez. "One of them is blind and I worry about my dog, yeah."

He says, so far, it doesn't look as if the flooding is not as bad as 2006, when he had  six feet  of water inside his home.

Yuba County Supervisors have declared a local emergency for the flooded areas. The county has not yet been able to assess the damage the flooding in those areas has already caused and will wait to ask for state assistance.

Scott Bryan is the Emergency Operations Manager for Yuba County. He says the county is confident more evacuations won't be necessary.

"Eighty-six feet is where we really start to plan for that voluntary evacuation and as the rivers come up on the Feather at 70 feet," says Bryan.

The Feather River is forecast to reach about 60 feet.

It has flooded the soccer fields, park, and motocross track under the 5th and 10 Street bridges in Marysville. Those areas serve as river overflow. The water has just reached the bottom of the levee that protects the western side of town.

More rain is expected through Wednesday afternoon in the California Central Valley and the foothills. A blizzard warning is in place for the Sierra.

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View of the Yuba River from Simpson Ave. Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio