Los Angeles Times
State drains water to avoid flooding
Reservoir levels are lowered as officials expect at least 10 rivers to overflow.
With back-to-back storms to hit California in the coming days, state officials are scrambling to make strategic releases from key reservoirs in hopes of preventing a repeat of the f looding that killed nearly two dozen people in January.
At least 10 rivers are forecast to overflow from the incoming “Pineapple Express” storm, which is expected to drop warm, heavy, snowmelting rain as it moves from the Central Coast toward the southern Sierra beginning Thursday night into Saturday.
Among them are rivers that flooded at the start of the year, when nine atmospheric river storms pummeled the state. The waterways include the Cosumnes River near Sacramento, where more than a dozen levee breaches sent f loodwaters onto roadways and lowlying areas, trapping drivers and contributing to at least three deaths along Highway 99.
“This is a very dynamic system,” Department of Water Resources director Karla Nemeth said at a briefing Thursday. “Rivers and creeks can rise very quickly, and so it does have the po
As of Thursday, the California Nevada River Forecast Center predicted that several rivers within its boundary may be at risk of overflowing through Tuesday.