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A bicyclist makes his way through East Chiles Road, which remains flooded at the underpass to Interstate 80 in the Yolo Bypass area, west of Sacramento.

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
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An Amtrak train heads east toward downtown Sacramento over the Yolo Bypass, west of Sacramento. The bypass protects Sacramento and other riverside communities from flooding.

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
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Downtown can be seen from the bank of the Yolo Bypass west of the Sacramento. Heavy rain has led to flood water filling the Yolo Bypass with water from the Sacramento, Feather and American rivers, poured through low spots in the levees known as weirs. 

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
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Interstate 80 looking east into downtown Sacramento from the Yolo Bypass, west of Sacramento. The bypass, usually covered with farm fields and wetlands, is filled with water from the Sacramento, Feather and American rivers.

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
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California Department of Water Resources workers close up the Sacramento Weir, a low point in the levees that pours river water from the Sacramento and American rivers into a flood plain known as the Yolo Bypass, west of Sacramento. 

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
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Interstate 80 looking east into downtown Sacramento from the Yolo Bypass, a flood plain that filled with water after heavy storms arrived this month.

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
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The Yolo Bypass, a designated flood plain, protects Sacramento and other riverside communities from flooding.

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
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The Sacramento River flows under the Tower Bridge on the western border of Sacramento. The Sacramento River would overflow if not for the flood plain known as the Yolo Bypass near this bridge. 

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
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The Yolo Bypass has been full of flood waters in recent weeks. Normally, the flooded area in the plain is covered with farmland and wetlands. Heavy rain this month has led to flood waters spilling into the wide bypass, which can carry five times the flow of the narrow Sacramento River. 

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
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