Damage From the California Storms: Videos, Photos and Maps

A catastrophic string of storms continued to pummel California on Tuesday, with the additional rain aggravating ongoing flooding conditions and raising the risk of flash floods and mudslides.

Video taken Jan. 9

California Highway Patrol Fresno, via Associated Press

Earlier rainfall has already drenched the ground and increased runoff. There have already been landslides in the Shaver Lake area in Fresno County, in the central part of the state.

This map of California highway patrol incidents shows how widespread the flooded roads and mudslides are. The agency is strongly advising residents to limit nonessential travel.

Source: California Highway Patrol

Note: Reported incidents are as of 4:30 a.m. Pacific Time.

By Scott Reinhard

Coastal towns like Santa Barbara were particularly hard hit, prompting evacuations and road closures. Some residents tried to use sandbags to slow the rush of floodwaters, with little success. One man was seen by a local TV news crew on the road paddling a kayak. Parts of Santa Barbara County, north of Los Angeles, had received more than 16 inches of rain as of early Tuesday.

Video taken Jan. 9

KEYT, via Associated Press

Water levels in many rivers have approached or surpassed flood stage. Officials are keeping an eye on about three dozen locations where rivers could reach flood levels, according to the National Weather Service’s California-Nevada River Forecast Center.

Scenes of the destruction played out across the state. In Chatsworth, a Los Angeles suburb, several people were rescued after a sinkhole swallowed two cars. A gushing Los Angeles River and mudslides threatened homes in Southwest Los Angeles after a rare flash flood warning was issued. In the northern part of the state, high winds and flooding rain carved out a chunk of a pier in Capitola, a suburb of Santa Cruz.

Photos taken Jan 10.

Clockwise from top left: David Swanson/Reuters; Mario Tama/Getty Images; David Swanson/Reuters; Sarah Reingewirtz/The Orange County Register, via Associated Press

The town of Gilroy, in an inland region in Northern California’s Santa Clara County, was partly underwater on Monday. Drone footage showed floodwaters nearly consuming cars and the first floors of homes. The flooding closed most lanes of nearby highways.

Video taken Jan. 9

KGO, via Associated Press

Looking ahead, rainfall totals over the next several days in many parts of California could reach seven additional inches, as yet another “enormous cyclone” forming off the coast slams areas from Northern California into the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.


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