California's storms causing widespread problems

Mar 13, 2016 4:59 PM

Authorities say dozens of people are being evacuated from a campsite in Northern California because a creek is rising amid the fourth day of wet weather and threatening to trap the campers.

San Jose television station KNTV reports that fire crews and Santa Clara County sheriff's deputies went to the Thousand Trails campground in Morgan Hill on Sunday to help about 175 campers leave. There is a mandatory evacuation order after the Uvas Creek began to rise.

Officials say that water released from the Uvas dam led the creek's water level to rise. They say they're worried a bridge connecting the camp to a road could flood and trap the campers.

They are being taken to a fire station in Morgan Hill.

Water from the rain-swollen Sacramento River is spilling over a 33.5-foot-high concrete wall and into a bypass built to divert flood water.

NOAA hydrologist Robert Hartman said Sunday the overflow is expected to reach a depth of three feet on Tuesday then start receding.

It's the first time water has spilled over the so-called Fremont Weir crest and into the Yolo bypass since 2012. The nearly 2-mile-long concrete wall is located about 8 miles northeast of Woodland.

The bypass is an expanse of farmland and natural habitat that stretches from Sacramento to Davis and was created a century ago.

Beachgoers are warned of powerful surf along the Central and Southern California coast.

The National Weather Service said Sunday that waves up to 8 feet will pound many beaches for most of the day.

A high surf advisory is in effect in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

Meanwhile a wind advisory has been issued for some coastal areas and in the mountains and high deserts.

A storm dumping rain in much of Northern California is expected to weaken as it moves south, though the southern part of the state could see scattered showers or drizzle.


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