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2023 is hitting Northern California with floods and landslides, and there could be more to come

2023 is hitting Northern California with floods and landslides, and there could be more to come

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Sacramento — Crews in Northern California were still scrambling early Monday to clean up the wreck the effects of record rainfall before another weather system moves in from the Pacific this week. The New Year’s storm brought deadly flooding, strong winds and mudslides and a deep layer of heavy snow to some areas, closing highways and stranding motorists.

The immediate problem Monday morning around Sacramento was breached levees, some of which threatened to flood more roads.

Many residents in Sacramento County have already been ordered to evacuate after historic rains breached levees, with officials warning the situation remains “incredibly dangerous.”

Massive storms batter California with torrential rain, wind and power outages

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The fear is that the incoming rivers may continue to rise this week after overflowing onto nearby roads. First responders rescued at least a dozen people trapped in vehicles over the weekend, with at least one person killed near the town of Wilton after trying to wade through high water.

Neighborhoods in Northern California are submerged and landslides have blocked roads. Powerful wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour toppled trees onto power lines, leaving tens of thousands of people in the dark.

Flash floods and landslides in the San Francisco Bay Area
A view of a landslide on Highway 92 West in San Mateo County as heavy rains hit California’s west coast, Dec. 31, 2022.

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Further south in the San Francisco Bay Area, the iconic Fisherman’s Wharf experienced its wettest day in nearly 30 years, and the Oakland Zoo had to close for at least two weeks after a huge sinkhole collapsed at the entrance his.

The atmospheric river brought more than eight feet of snow to the Sierra Nevada mountains, closing roads and even closing many ski resorts.

As the system heads east across the Rockies, avalanche warnings were already in effect after a skier was killed near Breckenridge, Colo., and another avalanche was caught on camera in downtown Telluride over the weekend.

First weather warning day Monday for freezing rain and snow

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There was one glimmer of hope brought by all of California’s extreme weather, however: The storm system may have provided some desperately needed replenishment of drought-stricken reservoirs and mountain snowpack.

But meteorologists said it was too early to tell whether this week’s storms would have any positive lasting impact.

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