Residents of California’s vast Central Valley region are bracing for another round of powerful storms this week after flooding from a New Year’s Eve deluge killed one and forced people to evacuate low-lying areas, including more than 1,000. inmates of a jail
A weather phenomenon known as an “atmospheric river” dumped up to 5 inches of rain in the Sacramento Valley and up to a foot of snow on the mountains Saturday, according to Erc Kurth, a meteorologist with the Service. National Meteorological.
A flood on Sunday prompted local officials to order the evacuation of the Point Pleasant Community near the Cosumnes River in south Sacramento. That included 1,075 inmates and staff at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center. The inmates were transferred to nearby jails, and no date has been specified for them to return to their prison, according to Amar Gandhi, a spokesman for the Sacramento County Department.
By Sunday afternoon the rain had mostly stopped, and another smaller storm is forecast to hit the region Monday night. But by Wednesday and Thursday, another powerful storm system is expected to arrive that could bring up to 3.5 inches (8.90 centimeters) of rain in the valley and up to 3 feet (90 centimeters) of snow in the mountains, along with wind gusts of up to 80 kilometers per hour (50 miles per hour).
Source: El Nuevo Herald