- Rain and wind picked up in Northern California on Saturday renewing flood fears
- Sections of Interstate-5 in Williams, CA overflowed, blocking traffic for hours
- Rain is expected to continue through Tuesday prompting evacuations
Engineers at the stricken Oroville Dam in Northern California have increased the rate at which they are draining water from the reservoir as a powerful rain storm driven by the phenomenon known as an ‘atmospheric river’ hits the state.
In anticipation of the storm which threatens widespread flooding in many areas, supervisors increased the amount of water being channeled out of the dam to accommodate incoming rain.
The amount of water flowing down the spillway was increased from 55,000 cubic feet a second (cfs) to 60,000 cfs on Sunday afternoon. Earlier this week, outflows were at nearly 100,000 cfs.
However, an evacuation warning is still being issued as residents immediately below the dam could be at a major risk if the dam were to abruptly fail – as they would not be able to receive warning quickly enough to evacuate.
The first outer rain bands from the powerful Pacific storm headed to Northern California brought light rain and wind and renewed warnings of possibly dangerous flooding in the already soggy region on Sunday.
More wet weather is expected on Monday and Tuesday, and officials are preparing for the worst after Southern California was devastated by the strongest storm in decades earlier this week.
The National Weather Service has reportedly urged California residents to be ready to leave their homes on a moment’s notice. (Click to Article)