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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

More rain expected after California floods

Residents in California’s vast Central Valley region are bracing for another round of powerful storms this week as New Year’s Eve flooding killed one person and forced people, including more than 1,000 prison inmates, to evacuate low-lying areas. was forced to do.

A meteorological phenomenon known as an “atmospheric river” dumped up to 5 inches of rain in the Sacramento Valley on Saturday and up to a foot of snow in the mountains, according to Eric Kurth, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Flooding on Sunday prompted local officials to order the evacuation of the Point Pleasant community near the Cosmanes River in south Sacramento. These included 1,075 inmates and employees of the Rio Cosmanes Correctional Center. The inmates were transferred to nearby jails, and no date has been specified for their return to jail, according to Amar Gandhi, a spokesman for the Sacramento County Department of Justice.

The rain had mostly stopped by Sunday afternoon, and another small storm is forecast for Monday night. But by Wednesday and Thursday, another powerful storm system is expected to bring wind gusts of up to 3.5 inches (8.90 cm) of rain in the valley and up to 3 feet (90 cm) of snow in the mountains. up to 80 kilometers per hour (50 mph).

Another storm is forecast to hit the area over the weekend. Forecasters expect up to 2 inches (5.10 cm) of rain in the valley and up to 2 feet (60 cm) of snow in the mountains.

“We are concerned about the possibility of floods. It’s something we’ll be monitoring closely, especially (at a time when you have) higher levels and waterlogged creeks from our last storm,” Kurth said. “What we’re going to get … and that’s added to the previous storm, it’s going to be a really big problem”.

The National Weather Service reported that rainfall reached 5.46 inches (13.87 cm) in downtown San Francisco on New Year’s Eve, the second wettest day since the November 1994 deluge.

In Southern California, several people were rescued after cars were submerged in floodwaters in San Bernardino and Orange County. No one was reported to be injured.

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