Rain And Yet More Rain

The latest in a relentless string of California storms is swamping roads, battering coastlines with high surf, turning rivers into gushing flood zones and forcing the evacuation of thousands in towns with histories of deadly mudslides. The storms are even prompting tornado warnings. At least 14 people have died since the storms began last week, including two people killed by falling trees. Forecasters expect the rain to continue after dumping up to 14 inches at higher elevations in central and Southern California. The storm Monday prompted evacuation orders for 10,000 people along the central California coast, including the entire town of Montecito, which saw 23 people killed in a mudslide five years ago. Evacuation orders were also issued for about 32,000 people in Santa Cruz County because of rapidly rising rivers and creeks. There’s widespread flooding in Tehama County and especially in Glenn County, where a number of roads are closed. Lake Shasta has risen more than 24 feet since the start of the year. It’s still 115 feet below capacity. At Whiskeytown Lake water has been pouring down the “Glory Hole”, which serves as an overflow drain for the lake. Monday morning Redding Police went to some popular locations for homeless camps to warn people about the rising waters. They were already preparing to pack up and head out from under Highway 273 bridge over Olney Creek. The people there refused offers of shelter at the Good News Rescue Mission. The area under the Clear Creek bridge had already been abandoned when officers got there, but remnants of encampments were washing away downstream.