Northern Calif. Hit By Most Powerful Storm In A Decade, Causes Widespread Flooding, Avalanche Warnings, Evacuations

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This is just the first band of what forecasters predict will be the region’s most powerful storm in a decade continued to pummel Northern California on Sunday, causing flooding throughout the region and prompting evacuations in Sonoma County and parts of neighboring Nevada.

Emergency officials voluntarily evacuated 650 homes in the low-lying communities of Monte Rio and Guerneville in Sonoma County as the Russian River continued to rise Sunday evening. The river is expected to peak at noon on Monday and will probably remain at or above flood levels through Tuesday morning, officials said.

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Authorities said nearly 400 homes in Reno and other areas of Washoe County, Nev., were voluntarily evacuated Sunday due to widespread flooding that is expected to worsen overnight and into Monday.

 

Officials expect the Truckee River to crest 1 to 2  feet above flood stage by 10 p.m. on Sunday in Reno and reach its highest level at 6 feet above flood stage by 7 a.m. Monday in neighboring Sparks.

Voluntary evacuations of Reno are underway and the Truckee River is overflowing.

 

Warm temperatures seem to be causing snowmelt early and that appears to be the reason for avalanche warnings.

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  AP
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