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Storm triggers flooding across Northern California





Storm triggers flooding across Northern California Storm triggers flooding across Northern California
  • Another major storm brought flooding across Northern California as emergency crews across the Bay Area responded to incidents
  • More than seven inches of rain fell in Sonoma County while Santa Cruz County received at least six inches
  • Emergency crews in boats and on foot carried out seven rescues for people trapped in their homes or cars as the water rose
  • Rockslides and mudslides overturned a pickup truck on a state route near Santa Cruz and caused houses to slip down hills
  • And ski resorts in the Sierra Nevada including Squaw Valley and Sierra Tahoe were forced to close
  • State water board will vote on whether to keep drought regulations for at least 270 more days at Wednesday meeting

Emergency crews in the San Francisco Bay Area rescued stranded residents from flooded homes and cars Tuesday as the latest storm in this wet California winter set off street flooding and rockslides.

In Marin County north of San Francisco, authorities sounded the community emergency siren at 8am when heavy rain and high tide started to send roaring Corte Madera Creek over its banks at the town of Kentfield.

Flooding affected about 1,000 residents, Marin County Fire Battalion Chief Bret McTigue said. 

Emergency crews in boats and on foot carried out seven rescues for people trapped in their homes or cars as the water rose.

 Emergency crews in the Bay Area rescued stranded residents from flooded homes and cars Tuesday as the latest storm in this wet California winter set off street flooding and rockslides. Pictured: A man and child in Kentfield, 15 miles north of SF

Emergency crews in the Bay Area rescued stranded residents from flooded homes and cars Tuesday as the latest storm in this wet California winter set off street flooding and rockslides. Pictured: A man and child in Kentfield, 15 miles north of SF

 In Marin County north of San Francisco, authorities sounded the community emergency siren at 8am when heavy rain and high tide started to send roaring Corte Madera Creek over its banks at the town of Kentfield. Pictured: Flooding in San Anselmo, a bit north of Kentfield

In Marin County north of San Francisco, authorities sounded the community emergency siren at 8am when heavy rain and high tide started to send roaring Corte Madera Creek over its banks at the town of Kentfield. Pictured: Flooding in San Anselmo, a bit north of Kentfield

 South of San Francisco, one of several rockslides and mudslides overturned a pickup truck on a state route near Santa Cruz. Pictured: Rescue crews in Felton, 60 miles south of SF

South of San Francisco, one of several rockslides and mudslides overturned a pickup truck on a state route near Santa Cruz. Pictured: Rescue crews in Felton, 60 miles south of SF

 The storm was the third - of not more - major storm to hit Northern California since the beginning of the year. Pictured: A couple pushing their car from a flooded street in Felton

The storm was the third - of not more - major storm to hit Northern California since the beginning of the year. Pictured: A couple pushing their car from a flooded street in Felton

 More than seven inches of rain fell in Sonoma County, roughly 45 miles north of San Francisco, while Santa Cruz County, about 60 miles to the south, received at least six inches. Pictured: Ross Williams kayaking in Felton

More than seven inches of rain fell in Sonoma County, roughly 45 miles north of San Francisco, while Santa Cruz County, about 60 miles to the south, received at least six inches. Pictured: Ross Williams kayaking in Felton

About 40 homes had substantial amounts of water in them, McTigue said.

'This storm packed the biggest punch ... of all the storms we had this year,' McTigue said. 

The storm caused 37 school closures across Marin County. 

South of San Francisco, one of several rockslides and mudslides overturned a pickup truck on a state route near Santa Cruz.

The storm was the third - of not more - major storm to hit Northern California since the beginning of the year, the Los Angeles Times reported.

More than seven inches of rain fell in Sonoma County, roughly 45 miles north of San Francisco, while Santa Cruz County, about 60 miles to the south, received at least six inches.

 Flooding affected about 1,000 residents in Marin County. Emergency crews in boats and on foot carried out seven rescues for people trapped in their homes or cars as the water rose. Pictured: A home demolished by a mudslide in San Rafael, Marin County seat

Flooding affected about 1,000 residents in Marin County. Emergency crews in boats and on foot carried out seven rescues for people trapped in their homes or cars as the water rose. Pictured: A home demolished by a mudslide in San Rafael, Marin County seat

 About 40 homes had substantial amounts of water in them. Marin County Fire Battalion Chief Bret McTigue said: 'This storm packed the biggest punch ... of all the storms we had this year'

About 40 homes had substantial amounts of water in them. Marin County Fire Battalion Chief Bret McTigue said: 'This storm packed the biggest punch ... of all the storms we had this year'

 Pictured: The hillside sliding behind a home in San Rafael that was yellow tagged. California continues to receive record levels of rain

Pictured: The hillside sliding behind a home in San Rafael that was yellow tagged. California continues to receive record levels of rain

 Pictured: Damage to a home in Sebastopol after a large fir tree took off the upper dining and kitchen area. Sebastopol is near Santa Rosa, north of SF

Pictured: Damage to a home in Sebastopol after a large fir tree took off the upper dining and kitchen area. Sebastopol is near Santa Rosa, north of SF

Flood warning were issued for towns along the Russian and Sacramento rivers, both of which were expected to overflow; meanwhile, San Benito County issued a voluntary evacuation order for people near Pacheco Creek.

Highway 101 was flooded in Novato, 25 miles north of San Francisco, while a tree limb fell on a house in Monterey and a vehicle was flipped by a mudslide in Santa Cruz County.

And a homeowner south of San Francisco saw his home get pushed down a hill into the street.

 Homeowner John Futscher saw his home south of San Francisco get pushed down a hill into the street

Homeowner John Futscher saw his home south of San Francisco get pushed down a hill into the street

 A tree limb fell on a house in Monterey and a vehicle was flipped by a mudslide in Santa Cruz County. Pictured: A man moving his car in Santa Cruz

A tree limb fell on a house in Monterey and a vehicle was flipped by a mudslide in Santa Cruz County. Pictured: A man moving his car in Santa Cruz

 Flood warning were issued for towns along the Russian and Sacramento rivers, both of which were expected to overflow. Pictured: Matt Ginder clutching a railing as he makes his way through flood waters from the San Lorenzo River in Felton

Flood warning were issued for towns along the Russian and Sacramento rivers, both of which were expected to overflow. Pictured: Matt Ginder clutching a railing as he makes his way through flood waters from the San Lorenzo River in Felton

 Horses are evacuated from their stables along the San Lorenzo River and taken to the parking lot of New Leaf Market in Felton, California

Horses are evacuated from their stables along the San Lorenzo River and taken to the parking lot of New Leaf Market in Felton, California

 Gavyn James, 10 of Vacaville, California rides his bike across Brookdale Drive which flooded during the rain storm Tuesday

Gavyn James, 10 of Vacaville, California rides his bike across Brookdale Drive which flooded during the rain storm Tuesday

John Futscher told CBS News: 'Mud started coming throughout the kitchen window and that's when my wife, and my son and dog ran out of the house.'

And a flood warning is in place in the Sacramento area near the Cosumnes River as the area received between one and two inches of rain over the course of the day, with more on the way later this week.

The storms disrupted light-rail services between Folsom and Sacramento while storm damages included power outages and road closures due to mudslides and flooding, the Sacramento Bee reported.

 A man paddles a canoe near an abandoned car on a flooded street Tuesday. The National Weather Service says more than an inch of rain could fall in the San Francisco Bay Area during a series of storms this week

A man paddles a canoe near an abandoned car on a flooded street Tuesday. The National Weather Service says more than an inch of rain could fall in the San Francisco Bay Area during a series of storms this week

 Two women walk on a pier at Fort Point near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on Monday. The State Water Resources Control Board will vote on whether to keep the drought regulations for at least 270 more days or to drop them at a Wednesday meeting

Two women walk on a pier at Fort Point near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on Monday. The State Water Resources Control Board will vote on whether to keep the drought regulations for at least 270 more days or to drop them at a Wednesday meeting

 
 Drought conditions in much of Northern California - which has operated under emergency drought rules since June 2015 - have been minimized by the heavy rain. Pictured: A rainbow over San Francisco

Drought conditions in much of Northern California - which has operated under emergency drought rules since June 2015 - have been minimized by the heavy rain. Pictured: A rainbow over San Francisco

 Two men carry a kayak over standing rainwater on a boardwalk along Mission Beach, San Diego on Tuesday

Two men carry a kayak over standing rainwater on a boardwalk along Mission Beach, San Diego on Tuesday

And ski resorts in the Sierra Nevada including Squaw Valley and Sierra Tahoe were forced to close.

Squaw Alpine Mountain Operations tweeted: 'Conditions are very wet and heavy today causing increased avalanche conditions.' 

Central and Southern California are expected to get a couple inches of rain later this week.

Drought conditions in much of Northern California - which has operated under emergency drought rules since June 2015 - have been minimized.

The State Water Resources Control Board will vote on whether to keep the drought regulations for at least 270 more days or to drop them at a Wednesday meeting.

If dropped, the drought regulations would end on February 28.


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