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Monday, January 30, 2023

Evacuation warnings amid flooding after California storm

Residents of the Northern California community were ordered to evacuate ahead of impending flooding, and evacuation warnings were issued in other rural parts of the region on New Year’s Day after a powerful storm brought torrential rain or heavy snow. , leading to traffic jams and closures of major highways.

Even as the storm progressed further, widespread flooding occurred in agricultural areas about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Sacramento, where rivers broke their banks, submerging dozens of cars along State Route 99.

Emergency crews rescued motorists on New Year’s Eve Sunday morning and the road remained closed. Dan Quiggle, deputy fire chief for operations for the Cosumnes Community Service District Fire Department, told The Sacramento Bee that crews found a man dead inside a submerged vehicle near Route 99 on Sunday.

In this image taken on Saturday, December 31, 2022 and released by California Highway Patrol Truckee, vehicles are stranded along Interstate 80 in Nevada and the Colfax, California state line.

Sacramento County officials issued an evacuation order Sunday night for residents of low-lying areas of Point Pleasant near Interstate 5, citing imminent and dangerous flooding. Residents of the communities around Glenville Tract and Franklin Pond were told to prepare to leave before rising waters cut more roads and made evacuation impossible.

“Flooding from the Cosumnes River and Mokelumne River is expected to move southwest toward I-5 and could reach these areas through the middle of the night,” the Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services said on Twitter earlier Sunday afternoon. “Cattle should be moved to higher ground in the affected areas.”

Further north, in the state capital, crews cleared trees from roads and sidewalks as at least 17,000 customers were still without power, up from more than 150,000 a day earlier, according to an online map of the district. ,

Dozens of drivers along Interstate 80 were rescued on New Year’s Eve after cars skidded in snow during a blizzard, near Lake Tahoe, the California Department of Transportation said. A major road from the San Francisco Bay Area into the mountains reopened to chained passenger vehicles early Sunday.

“The roads are extremely slippery, so let’s all work together and slow down so we can keep I-80 open,” the California Highway Patrol said on Twitter. Several other highways have also reopened, including State Route 50.

[Con información de The Associated Press]

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