Photos: California battered by destructive flooding, evacuations

An aerial view of a back yard.
An aerial view of four cliff-side, ocean-view apartment buildings, which were evacuated and tagged on Wednesday in San Clemente. The bluff is still moving, officials said.
(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

California’s 11th atmospheric river storm of the season barreled through a beleaguered state Tuesday, dropping more rain and snow, sending thousands once again scrambling for higher ground and leaving more than 300,000 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 through the state. The Pajaro River, which suffered a levee breach from a similar storm last week, continued to spill water onto neighboring farmlands and communities.

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

A man grabs his head in frustration while a woman holds a trash bag. Both stand inside a home with muddied, wet floor.
An exasperated Irineo Zaragoza, left, looks over his flooded home in Woodlake on Wednesday as his wife, Veronica, tries to salvage personal items.
(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
A flooded residential neighborhood. A "Sold" sign is protruding from the muddy water in center.
The neighborhood at Hillside Estates in Woodlake in Tulare County is flooded on Wednesday after the previous night’s heavy rains.
(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
A woman, holding a baby, and a man stand in front of a one-story house. Puddles and mud surround them.
Madisyn Liles, holding 1-year-old Luka, watches with her husband, Keylan, as two pumps work throughout the day on Wednesday to remove water from their flooded home in Woodlake.
(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
A man is supported by rescue workers.
Don Stinson is rescued from mud by the Swift Water Rescue Team from the state Office of Emergency Services.
(Tomas Ovalle / For The Times)
An aerial view of both lines of a highway, flooded with muddy and sandy water.
Both sides of Pacific Coast Highway were closed on Wednesday due to flooding between Warner Avenue and Seapoint Street in Huntington Beach. Reopening times were not announced.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
A man carries caged birds through thigh-deep water.
A man rescues his two birds from his home along Salinas Road in Pajaro, Calif.
(Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)
Residents check out a flood-damaged road
Residents check out the damage Tuesday after the swollen Tule River crumbled parts of Globe Drive in Springville, Calif.
(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
A military vehicle creates a wake as it moved down a flooded street.
Local police drive a military vehicle along flooded Salinas Road in Pajaro.
(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
A farmworker clears a drain
A farmworker clears a drain in the Watsonville area.
(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Rough water rolls past a riverside building.
The Kaweah River roars through the landscape in Three Rivers, Calif.
(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Floodwaters surround farm machinery.
Floodwaters surround farm machinery in Pajaro in Monterey County.
(Noah Berger / Associated Press)
A man and woman empty coins from machines in a flooded  laundromat
Pamela and Patrick Cerruti empty coins from Pajaro Coin Laundry machines. “We lost it all. That’s half a million dollars of equipment,” said Pamela, who added that they plan to rebuild.
(Noah Berger / Associated Press)
Floodwaters surround homes and vehicles .
Floodwaters surround homes and vehicles in the community of Pajaro in Monterey County.
(Noah Berger/Associated Press)
A raging river washes away the foundation of a home.
The Tule River rages through Springville, Calif., washing away the foundation of a home Saturday.
(Tomas Ovalle / For The Times)
An aerial view of almond blossom trees in floodwaters.
An aerial view of almond blossom trees in a flooded area of Tulare County on Saturday.
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