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Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Thousands flee, freeway shut in flooding near San Francisco

Rising floodwaters sent at least 14,000 residents fleeing inundated homes in San Jose, California, and forced the shutdown of a major freeway Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Modesto Bee

Turlock Irrigation District hopes to prolong spillway releases; Tuolumne River over flood stage

The Tuolumne River in Modesto, struck by a surge of water from the Don Pedro Reservoir’s spillway, rose above the flood stage Tuesday, though it did not result in major flooding.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Court supports order to divert water to support salmon

The federal government can redirect water from a Northern California dam to prevent mass die-offs of salmon in drought years, water that otherwise would be shipped to Central Valley farmers, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Aquafornia news PBS NewsHour

President Trump promised California farmers he would ’start opening up the water.’ Can he?

Last May, Donald Trump stood in an arena full of farmers from California’s desiccated Central Valley and said words many yearned to hear: “If I win, believe me, we’re going to start opening up the water.”

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

DWR wants to stop Oroville spillway flow, doesn’t know when it can

The Department of Water Resources plans to remove at least some of the debris at the bottom of the Oroville Dam spillway and study the structure, but just aren’t sure when they’ll have a chance to do that.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Big test still to come as San Joaquin River keeps rising

Splashes of sunshine and some modest bits of good news cast San Joaquin County’s flooding problems in a slightly more optimistic light on Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Levee system battered by record rainfall from ‘atmospheric river’

As the latest major storm to saturate California got in its final licks Tuesday, the state deployed all the weapons in its flood-control arsenal — including farm tractors, pontoon boats and controlled releases from mountain reservoirs.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Water managers may have to ‘spill’ water from Lake Tahoe

Given the amount of precipitation that has dumped into Lake Tahoe in the past handful of months, water officials may have to send “quite a bit” of water over the emergency spillway located in Tahoe City.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

San Jose flood update: Mandatory evacuations expand overnight, about 14,000 affected

City officials early Wednesday morning expanded the area for mandatory evacuations to the full 100-year flood zone along Coyote Creek, which includes about 14,000 residents.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Hundreds flee rising floodwaters in San Jose as mandatory evacuation orders are widened

Historic flooding worsened in San Jose late Tuesday as the banks of Santa Clara County’s longest creek continued to overflow, inundating apartment buildings and mobile homes and forcing hundreds of residents to flee.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Flooding closes Hwy. 101 in both directions in San Jose

Highway 101 is closed in both directions in San Jose after flood waters spilled onto the freeway between Interstate 880 and Interstate 280, officials said.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Portion of US 50 near Bridal Veil Falls collapses

UPDATE: At 1 p.m. on Tuesday, CHP in Placerville posted a video showing that one of the westbound lanes has now collapsed as well.

Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

Highway 41 to Yosemite closed at Fish Camp

Highway 41 to Yosemite National Park is closed at Fish Camp, the California Highway Patrol and park officials reported Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Central Valley dairy farmers plot Plan B in case of flooding (with audio)

Milton O’ Haire is Stanislaus County Agricultural Commissioner. He’s keeping an eye on the 100-year flood plain along the San Joaquin River and the Tuolumne River.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Sutter County farmer takes precautions following Oroville Dam emergency

Fruit and nut growers in California are watching the weather, their trees and the volume of standing water in their orchards this week.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Not just Oroville: More Northern California infrastructure that needs fixes

The Oroville Dam crisis reminded many Californians of something we only associate with earthquakes: Our crumbling state infrastructure.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco’s pure drinking water to get a new ingredient

San Francisco’s famously pure High Sierra water is about to be served with a twist. Starting next month, city water officials will begin adding local groundwater to the Yosemite supplies that have satiated the area’s thirst since the 1930s and made the clean, crisp water here the envy of the nation.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Lake Oroville will partially re-open Thursday as boat owners eager to return to water

Lake Oroville will partially reopen on Thursday, nearly two weeks after more than 180,000 Northern California residents evacuated their homes and the lake area closed due to fears that the emergency spillway at Oroville Dam could fail.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Oroville hoping to turn dam crisis into a tourism opportunity

Not far from the main drag through Oroville, a dozen local business owners and city officials faced each other in a hotel lunchroom Tuesday. They sought to begin developing an advertising campaign to transform a barrage of negative images and news reports about frantic efforts to prevent catastrophic flooding into a lucrative tourist attraction, albeit after the Feather River Basin’s rainy season ends in April.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Presidents’ Day deluge caused rain records to tumble in Bay Area

Presidents’ Day storms brought record-breaking rainfall to parts of the Bay Area, including surpassing a high-water mark in San Jose that had stood for over 100 years, according to the National Weather Service.