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Flooding fears heighten as another powerful storm takes aim at Northern California

Flooding fears heighten as another powerful storm takes aim at Northern California

As Southern California dug out of damaging winter storms, there was growing anxiety in Northern California that another round of punishing rain and snow forecast for this week would further tax the region’s already strained flood control systems.

Parts of Northern California are already on track to have the wettest winter ever recorded, and that has placed strain on river, dam, levees and other water works in places including the Central Valley that are prone to flooding.

“(For) almost all of Northern California we are going to be telling people to get ready for area flooding,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Rasch. “It just doesn’t take much rain to...

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