Yet more “Flooding Drought”.
This is very near my old home town. It is the Seasonal Flood as in my childhood. This area is “protected” by Shasta Dam on the Sacramento River, so this flood is from water in that catchment, plus local rains. This IS NOT related to the Oroville dam problems.
Yet it is flooded.
The horrible thing this means is that releases from Lake Shasta are too high for present rain conditions, which implies the operators are very worried about something. Perhaps a too full lake with too much snow above it and a warmish atmospheric river starting?
The pictures of Williams I-5 as a watercovered road are also not good. That roadbed is raised relative to the land on each side, and has good drainage (normally).
This is what is downslope from Central Valley reservoirs that are full.
This (toward Colusa and Williams) is where Oroville residents head to leave town (though 30 miles from Oroville). The main road west goes directly to this flood zone. The southern road is along the banks of the Feather River, so the prime flood direction. The northern road to Chico took 3 hours to go a 25 minute drive.
And we have 3 more days of steady rain ahead.
From this posting: