Feb 14, 2019

Atmospheric River Brings Floods to Northern California

Many areas remain under a weather advisory for flood risk

Severe storm brings floods to Sacramento and San Francisco
Severe storm brings floods to Sacramento and San Francisco

On Feb. 13, an atmospheric river storm brought flooding to parts of Northern California, including Sacramento and San Francisco. The storm broke a daily rainfall record in Sacramento, with 1.6 in. of rain recorded at the Sacramento Executive Airport over 24 hours, according to The Sacramento Bee. Weather warnings remain in place throughout Feb. 13.

Discovery Park near downtown Sacramento was under evacuation orders as flood control officials released water into the American River from Folsom Dam to make room for mountain storm water runoff.

“It’s routine right now,” said Matt Robinson, a spokesman for Sacramento County’s Department of Water Resources. “If we have another storm that comes behind it, things could change.”

According to The San Francisco Chronicle, many homes in San Jose were under evacuation orders as the Guadalupe River exceeded flood stage of 8.5 ft, measuring 8.81 ft by 5:30 a.m. and rising.

The National Weather Service predicted flood threats along the Napa River and Russian River to peak Feb. 14. They also predict the greatest flood threats will be in the North Bay and South Bay, where many streams may overfill their banks. In Sausalito, a mudslide destroyed a home and a woman was rescued by emergency responders.

“Given the amount of rainfall we’ve had, the ground is saturated and that is something people need to be aware of, especially through the hilly terrain across our region,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Roger Gass.