Storm Ready 2024: A look back at last year’s flooding in NorCal
It was one year ago that severe storms hit Northern California. This week, KCRA 3 is looking back at what happened and how agencies in our area are changing protocol because of the storms. The heavy rain started on New Year’s Eve in 2022, with rising creeks and street flooding. In El Dorado County, people in Cameron Park were told to get out as water rushed through some neighborhoods. “We were expecting it to be somewhat moderate at the beginning then really ramp up at the end,” says Brett Whitin, a hydraulic forecaster with the California Nevada River Forecast Center. “But what really happened is we got intense rainfall from the beginning.” Whitin spends his days forecasting rivers across the state for the National Weather Service. But he says during the January storms, the water was rising more quickly than he anticipated.
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