Flood-battered California braces for more rain


California’s 11th riverine atmospheric storm of the season swept through a beleaguered state on Tuesday, dropping more rain and snow, again sending thousands rushing to higher ground and leaving more than 300,000 people without power.

More than a dozen locations along major rivers, including areas along the Salinas, Sacramento and Merced rivers, were overflowing as the high-impact storm moved south across the state. The Pajaro River, which suffered a levee breach in a similar storm last week, continued to dump water onto nearby farmlands and communities.

At least 90 flood watches, warnings and advisories were in effect across the state, as were avalanche warnings in parts of Mono and Inyo counties and the Lake Tahoe area, according to National Weather. Service, which said the storm would “create extensive to locally catastrophic flooding.” impacts below 5,000 feet altitude.

A man wades through knee-deep water in a flooded area

A member of the California State Guard checks the water depth in Pajaro, California on Wednesday.

(Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

A "flooded" sign marks a large pool of water on a roadway.

Caltrans closed the Pacific Coast Highway due to flooding and debris flow between Warner Avenue and Seapoint Street in Huntington Beach on Wednesday.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Workers wearing high visibility vests carry garbage bags.

On Thursday, city workers pull mud-soaked belongings from the sidewalk in front of a home that was one of many flooded in Woodlake, Calif., after heavy rains Tuesday night.

(Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)

A man in a jacket and baseball cap carries a shovel through ankle-deep water as a pickup truck approaches.

An orchard worker walks through floodwaters on 216 Avenue to clear storm drains as a Tulare County sheriff patrols the street demanding mandatory evacuations Thursday in Porterville, Calif.

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Governor Gavin Newsom holds a hand to his forehead under gray clouds

California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks to the media in Pajaro on Wednesday.

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A flooded residential area.  A "Sold" the sign protrudes from the muddy water in the center.

The Hillside Estates neighborhood in Woodlake in Tulare County is flooded Wednesday after heavy rains the previous night.

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Muddy water fills the concrete-lined Los Angeles River in Vernon

Muddy water fills the concrete-lined Los Angeles River in Vernon as the latest storm system moved east on Wednesday.

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An aerial view of the two lines of a highway, flooded with muddy, sandy water.

Both sides of the Pacific Coast Highway were closed Wednesday due to flooding between Warner Avenue and Seapoint Street in Huntington Beach. Reopening hours have not been announced.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

A man grabs his head in frustration while a woman holds a garbage bag.  The two are standing inside a house with muddy, damp ground.

An exasperated Irineo Zaragoza, left, watches his flooded home in Woodlake on Wednesday as his wife, Veronica, tries to retrieve personal items.

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Cement barriers, sandbags and plastic sheeting keep flood waters at bay.

On Wednesday, cement barriers, sandbags and plastic sheeting keep floodwaters from entering one side of West Cajon Avenue in Woodlake.

(Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)

A woman, holding a baby, and a man stand in front of a two-story house.  Puddles of water and mud surround them.

Madisyn Liles, holding Luka, 1, watches with her husband, Keylan, as two pumps run all day Wednesday to drain water from their flooded home in Woodlake.

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A man carries caged birds through water up to their thighs.

A man rescues his two birds from his home along Salinas Road in Pajaro, California.

(Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

Residents check a flood damaged road

Residents check out the damage Tuesday after the swollen Tule River collapsed parts of Globe Drive in Springville, California.

(Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)

A military vehicle creates a wake as it moves through a flooded street.

Local police drive a military vehicle along the flooded road from Salinas to Pajaro.

(Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

A farm worker cleans a drain

A farm worker cleans a drain in the Watsonville area.

(Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

Local police drive a military vehicle along the flooded road from Salinas to Pajaro

Local police drive a military vehicle along the flooded road from Salinas to Pajaro.

(Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

Flood water surrounds farm machinery.

Flood water surrounds farm machinery in Pajaro in Monterey County.

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Rough water rolls past a building by the river.

The Kaweah River roars through the landscape of Three Rivers, California.

(Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)

A person stands in a flooded street lined with cars.

A view of a flooded Salinas road in Pajaro on Monday.

(Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

A man and woman empty out parts of machines in a flooded laundromat

Pamela and Patrick Cerruti empty coins from Pajaro Coin Laundry machines. “We have lost everything. It’s half a million dollars worth of equipment,” said Pamela, who added that they plan to rebuild.

(Noah Berger/Associated Press)

Floodwaters surround homes and vehicles.

Flood water surrounds homes and vehicles in the community of Pajaro in Monterey County.

(Noah Berger/Associated Press)

A raging river carries away the foundations of a house.

The Tule River rages in Springville, Calif., washing away the foundation of a home on Saturday.

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A man is taken care of by paramedics.

Don Stinson is rescued from the mud by the State Emergency Services Office Rapid Water Rescue Team.

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A woman stands at the open door revealing a flooded interior.

Teresa Fuentes gets emotional after seeing flood damage to her home in Watsonville, Calif., on Friday. More than 9,000 California residents were under evacuation orders as a new atmospheric river brought heavy rain.

(Nic Coury/Associated Press)

Rescuers take a dog presented by local residents on a raft.

Tracie Franks watches her husband, Josh Franks, lift their poodle into a rescue zodiac on Saturday with the help of a fast water rescue team from the State Office of Emergency Services.

(Tomas Ovalle / For the times)

A paved road is washed out.  People stand nearby.

Globe Drive was washed away when the Tule River ran through it near Springville, California.

(Tomas Ovalle / For the times)

An aerial view of flowering almond trees in flood waters.

An aerial view of almond trees in bloom in a flooded area in Tulare County on Saturday.

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