California’s stormy winter continued early this week as another potent storm swept through Northern California with heavy rain and gusty winds.
The storm impacted the region as it was still dealing with swollen rivers and reservoirs flowing to capacity.
There were no reported problems at the Oroville Dam as officials continued to lower water levels on the lake and work on the damaged spillways. However, more erosion of the main spillway was expected, according to the Sacramento Bee.
A levee breech occurred on the San Joaquin River around 4 p.m. PST on Monday. The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office said evacuations were ordered for about 500 residents who live south of the Manteca, California. The evacuation area consisted of mostly farms and ranches.
By 8:45 p.m. local time Monday night, the breech had been halted thanks to emergency actions of the local Reclamation District.
Thousands were left without power, and lengthy flight delays were reported at San Francisco International Airport. At one point early Monday, delays were over three hours.
The international airports both in San Francisco and San Jose set new daily records for rainfall on Monday. San Francisco received 2.16 inches of rain, surpassing the 1980 record of 1.06 inches. San Jose received 1.87 inches of rain, beating the more than 100-year-old record of 0.89 inches in 1914.
In the Sierra Nevada, several feet of snow caused travel disruptions along Interstate 80. Due to multiple vehicle collisions, I-80 westbound was closed from the Nevada state line through Donner Pass.