Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017

A breather, for now

A pause in storms, but flood risks persist in California

How full are Northern California reservoirs and rivers? DWR


Sacramento Bee

California got just what it needed Tuesday – a break in the relentless shower of rainstorms – but thousands of residents still were dealing with the threat of street flooding, overtopped levees and evacuations. Many of the state's major reservoirs remained at or near capacity, and the risk of high waters persisted in much of the state even as patches of blue appeared in the sky. Still, as a whole California's major levees were holding well.


State's levee system battered by record rainfall

Los Angeles Times

As the latest major storm to saturate California got in its final licks Tuesday, the state deployed all the weapons in its flood-control arsenal — including farm tractors, pontoon boats and controlled releases from mountain reservoirs. By nightfall, as the storm weakened over Northern California, it appeared that the region had successfully navigated its way through another "atmospheric river."


Worst flooding in 100 years inundates San Jose

Los Angeles Times & Bay Area News Group

San Jose was hit by what officials described as the worst flooding in 100 years as the Coyote Creek, which runs through the heart of the city, overflowed, inundating neighborhoods and forcing thousands to flee. City officials declared a local emergency Tuesday after record water flows from the creek submerged a neighborhood, with nearly 200 people rescued by boat from chest-high waters.