Sacramento, California — Residents of northern California communities were ordered to evacuate ahead of impending flooding, and powerful storms brought drenching rain and heavy snow across much of the state, causing levee breaches in rural areas of the region on New Year’s Day. Evacuation warnings were issued elsewhere. , disrupting traffic and closing major highways.
Even after the storm passed, farmland about 20 miles (32 km) south of Sacramento was still heavily flooded, causing rivers to swell over their levees and flooding dozens of cars along State Route 99. Did.
Paramedics rescued a motorist from New Year’s Eve to Sunday morning, while the highway remained closed. Dan Quiggle, deputy fire chief for the Cosumnes Community Service District Fire Department, told the Sacramento Bee.
Sacramento County officials issued an evacuation order late Sunday for residents of the low-lying Point Pleasant community near Interstate 5 due to impending and dangerous flooding. Residents of communities near the Granville Tract and Franklin Pond were told to prepare to leave before rising waters blocked more roads and made evacuation impossible.
The Sacramento County Emergency Services Department tweeted Sunday afternoon: “Floods from the Cosmunnes and Moquelum rivers are expected to move southwest toward Interstate 5 and could reach these areas at midnight. “Livestock in the affected areas should be moved to higher ground.”
At least 17,000 customers are still without power north of the state capital, according to an online map of the City of Sacramento’s Utility District, so crews cleared roads and sidewalks of fallen trees.
Near Lake Tahoe, dozens of drivers were rescued after their cars spun out in a snowstorm on Interstate 80 on New Year’s Eve, according to the California Department of Transportation. Major routes from the San Francisco Bay Area into the mountains reopened to chained passenger cars early Sunday morning.
The California Highway Patrol tweeted, “The roads are very slippery, let’s all work together and slow down so we can keep Interstate 80 open. Including Interstate 50. Several other highways have also reopened.
More than 1.2 meters of snow pile up in the Sierra Nevada highlands, and Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort says the heavy, wet snow will cause significant delays in opening the chairlift. On Saturday, the resort reported numerous lift closures, citing high winds, poor visibility and ice.
A so-called atmospheric river storm pulled in a long, broad plume of moisture from the Pacific Ocean. Flooding and falling rocks have closed some roads in the state.
According to the National Weather Service, 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 after the November 1994 flood. A video on Twitter showed muddy water running through the streets of San Francisco and the Oakland Steps turned into a veritable waterfall by heavy rain.
In Southern California, several people were rescued after floodwaters flooded their cars in San Bernardino and Orange counties. No major injuries were reported.
As the area dries out on New Year’s Day and no rain is expected during Monday’s Rose Parade in Pasadena, spectators have begun to spotlight the annual floral spectacle.
Rain was welcome in drought-ridden California. The past three years have been the driest years in the state on record, but more rainfall is needed to make a big difference.
It was the first of several storms expected to cross the state within a week. The system was warmer and wetter on Saturday, but this week’s storm will be colder, according to Hannah Chandler Cooley, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Sacramento.
According to Chandler-Cooley, the Sacramento area could receive a total of four to five inches (10 to 13 centimeters) of rain in a week.
Another heavy shower is also expected in Southern California on Tuesday or Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service’s Los Angeles Area Office.