Monday, 20 February 2017

Another Northern California reservoir at full capacity as a new "Weather Bomb" set to hit the area: Flooding as another 6 inches of rain expected

Another massive "weather bomb" heading for North California photo The Mercury News
Heavy rain and mountain snow will pound the northwestern United States early this week, with the most significant impacts targeting Northern California.
Storms will resume their track across the region following a brief break from heavy precipitation to start the weekend.
Precipitation will become more widespread and heavy throughout Monday, with the heaviest rain expected to slam Northern California.

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A widespread 2 to 6 inches of rain can fall across the San Francisco Bay region and part of the Sacramento Valley through Tuesday, with locally higher amounts possible across the foothills.
“While the storms will bring the risk of mudslides and avalanches, the greatest threat to lives and property will be from flooding,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.
Evacuations may be ordered in some communities if the threat for flooding is imminent. This includes near Oroville Dam, where crews have been repairing a damaged emergency spillway that sparked fears of a major flooding disaster last weekend.
Another area of concern is the Don Pedro reservoir, which officials said was at 98 percent capacity on Sunday. The reservoir captures water from the Tuolumne River.
In Stanislaus County, where the Don Pedro Reservoir is forecast to reach capacity by Tuesday, authorities are warning residents along the Tuolumne River 45 miles away in Modesto to consider evacuating voluntarily until the flood danger is past.
“We have a team of deputies going out warning people about localized flooding,” said Lt. Mike Parker of the county Sheriff’s Department, adding that up to 200 people are most at risk.

Officials say they would send water through Don Pedro’s overflow spillway if the lake level hits 830 feet, a height it’s expected to reach in the next several days.

The Wire