Even as storm eases, more rains fore­cast

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

A huge Pa­cific storm that parked it­self over South­ern Cal­i­for­nia and un­loaded — rav­aging roads, open­ing sink­holes and lead­ing to the deaths of at least two peo­ple — eased Satur­day, but the re­lief was only tem­po­rary: New storms were tak­ing aim far­ther north.

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice pre­dicted dry­ing weather through Sun­day fol­lowed by the re­turn of wet weather in the re­gion. But while flash-flood watches for South­ern Cal­i­for­nia were can­celed, North­ern Cal­i­for­nia and the San Fran­cisco Bay area were fac­ing a week­end re­turn of heavy rain and winds that lashed them ear­lier in the week be­fore the storm moves out.

The ap­proach­ing rain could cause more prob­lems in the far north, where dam­age to spill­ways of the Lake Oroville dam forced 188,000 peo­ple from their homes last week­end. As of Satur­day, the lake’s wa­ter level had fallen more than 45 feet.

Mean­while, au­thor­i­ties up and down the state were deal­ing with the fall­out, in­clud­ing over­flow­ing creeks, mud­slide threats in foothill ar­eas al­ready de­nuded by wild­fires, road col­lapses and hun­dreds of top­pled trees in neigh­bor­hoods.

North­west of Sacra­mento, nearly 200 peo­ple were dis­placed Satur­day as over­flow­ing creeks turned the town of Maxwell into a brown pond. No in­juries were re­ported.

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