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A Northern California town has been ordered to evacuate

A Northern California town has been ordered to evacuate

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The California The town of Wilton remains under a shelter-in-place order after intense rain from Saturday’s Atmospheric River threatened “imminent levee failure”. According to KCRAofficials confirmed Sunday morning that at least two levees had breached.

On Saturday afternoon, the Sacramento County town’s roughly 5,000 residents were ordered to evacuate immediately as floodwaters rose. By 3:30 p.m., however, road conditions were too dangerous and Sacramento County officials told remaining residents to shelter in place. A flash flood warning was issued for Wilton at 11:30 p.m. due to “imminent levee failure in this area of ​​the Cosum River. Residents were advised to immediately seek higher ground.”

This flash flood warning remains in effect for southern Sacramento County until 11:15 PM Sunday.

The warning covers the area south of Wilton Road, west of the Cosumnes River and north of Gay Road. An evacuation center was set up at the Wackford Community Center at 9014 Bruceville Road in Elk Grove. According to KCRA, dozens of vehicles were stranded on Highway 99 Saturday, and some roads in the region are still completely flooded. Footage taken Sunday morning shows multiple trucks and cars abandoned near the Dillard Road exit.

Cosumnes Fire Capt. Chris Schamber told KCRA that “dozens and dozens” of drivers needed rescue Saturday. Chambers urged people to avoid Interstate 99 and the Wilton area today as first responders continue to assist and monitor the area.

Cars are stranded around Wilton, California on January 1, 2023 due to flooding.

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“Flash flooding continues,” the National Weather Service said flash flood warning warnings. “Local officials are working to assess the extent of the flooding. Please stay away from the area!”

The county has declared a winter storm emergency to help deal with storm damage. “Sacramento County experienced a storm surge that began on December 31, 2022 and has so far resulted in significant transportation impacts, rising river and river levels and flooding in Wilton,” the county said in a statement.

Wilton is no stranger to levee failures. When historic floods inundated Northern California in 1997, a the levee near the city broke, forcing 15,000 to evacuate. Some needed rescuing as the Cosumnes River rose 7 feet above flood stage.

The city of Wilton, California is evacuated during a storm on December 31, 2022.

The city of Wilton, California is evacuated during a storm on December 31, 2022.

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