Even as storm eases, more rains forecast
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.