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Flood Fears Renewed As Another Storm Aims For California

NOAA

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite image shows storms over California as of 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017.

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NWS Sacramento says a flood warning issued for urban areas and small streams in counties throughout interior Northern California will remain in effect until 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23.

Counties listed in the flood warning are: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lake, Lassen, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tahama, Tuolomne, Yolo and Yuba.

The NWS says already-saturated soils will enhance the impact of heavy rains as an atmospheric river passes over interior Northern California Sunday night through Monday night.

At low elevations the storm is predicted to bring rising water level, putting additional pressure on levees, rivers, creeks and streams. The agency says flooding is possible in areas that have not been impacted for many years.

Monday Rapid Onset FloodingNWS Sacramento / Facebook

At higher elevations, mud and rock slides could shut down roads for days.

Strong and damaging winds are predicted at all elevations through Tuesday.

The agency is urging all residents in interior Northern California to prepare for flooding by packing a “go bag” with important items like medications and hard to replace documents, and by having an evacuation plan for pets and animals.

- Capital Public Radio Staff


(AP) - Officials are warning that residents returning to homes damaged by flooding should be prepared to evacuate again as yet another powerful Pacific storm takes aim at Northern California.

Colusa County Assistant Sheriff Jim Saso said Sunday that floodwaters are receding in the farm community of Maxwell, where dozens of people sought higher ground during Friday's rain.

Nobody was hurt as crews used boats to rescue people from a low-lying residential neighborhood.

Another round of heavy rain is expected to move in later Sunday.

Authorities say the San Joaquin River is reaching flood stage and warning residents in Manteca to be ready to evacuate.

Officials say the water level at Lake Oroville continues to fall despite the stormy weather. Damage to spillways at the dam forced the evacuation of 188,000 people last weekend