California Experiences Devastating Floods After Heavy Rains
California Residents Brace For More Heavy Snow, Flooding After 19 Deaths
Residents of California, United States are not out of the woods yet after unprecedented rainfall caused at least 19 deaths and extensive flooding in the last few weeks. State Governor Gavin Newsome warned the people to remain vigilant and exercise caution in the face of more worsening weather.
As of 11:00p GMT on Saturday, nearly 20,000 homes were without power, while 26,000 were under a flood watch. Despite warnings, some residents of Chualar, California, chose not to evacuate as the Salinas River nearby them flooded the area.
Tractors were seen pumping accumulated water back into the river to prevent further flooding. A local farm worker, Manuel Paris, 58, said the long drought had made the people unaccustomed to such large amounts of rainfall.
The National Weather Service (NWS) reported another large “atmospheric river” of moisture from the tropics, coming on Monday and the NWS warned it could bring waves of extreme precipitation.
Snowfall of over one meter was forecast in Sierra Nevada, prompting authorities to warn of avalanches and advise residents against any movement.
Though the rainfall is badly needed in the American West after more than two decades of drought, experts warned that even the month’s monster downpour was not enough to reverse the 20 years of below-average rain.