Residents Begin To Dry Out After 11th Atmospheric River Storm This Season

As the floodwaters from Tuesday’s deluge recede, stories of neighbors helping neighbors and strangers helping strangers have popped up all over the Northstate. A grandmother and her 10-month-old grandchild in the Palo Cedro area had to be rescued by sheriff’s deputies and dive team volunteers when they found themselves surrounded by floodwaters. A boat was used to retrieve them. Streets in and around the City of Anderson have been reopened after safety inspections by city public works crews and Anderson Cottonwood Irrigation District engineers. The canal overflowed its banks in some areas, but it appears that no major breach occurred. Evacuation warnings were lifted at around 9 O’clock Wednesday morning. Questions remain, however, about whether long-term damage was caused to the century old canal when it was forced to go dry last year due to a lack of water allotments by the Bureau of Reclamation. Several years of drought have been followed by extremely heavy rainfall. This week’s storm was the eleventh event defined by meteorologists as an atmospheric river so far this season.