Storm in California brings flooding and mudslides

NTD Staff
By NTD Staff
February 9, 2017USshare

The latest storm in the wet California winter triggered street flooding and rockslides Tuesday (February 7) around the San Francisco Bay Area.

Emergency workers in Sonoma, north of San Francisco, rescued motorists who had driven around barricades and into rushing floodwater covering a highway.

South of San Francisco, one of several rock- and mudslides overturned a pickup truck on a state route near Santa Cruz.

The National Weather Service said more than an inch of rain could fall on the region this week.

In the state capital, the Sacramento River was expected to swell to just a few feet below flood level.

The storm also whipped up strong winds, with gusts topping 50 mph throughout the San Joaquin Valley and into Southern California.

The rain total in downtown Los Angeles since October – the start of the wet season – has hit about 15 ½ inches and already exceeds the normal amount for an entire year, the weather service said.

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