Aerial Photos of California’s Winter 2017 Floods, Storm Damage

Winter storms unleashed days of downpours on California. These aerial images show the extent of the flooding and effects of the unrelenting winter storms.

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Aerial photos show flooding in San Jose and Elk Grove, California.
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Kelly M. Grow/ California Department of Water Resources
This aerial view looks north toward the confluence of the Feather and Yuba Rivers just south of Marysville, California on the border of Sutter County on the left, and Yuba County on the right. Record rainfall and snow has caused high water levels along the rivers. Photo taken February 26, 2017.
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Kelly M. Grow/ California Department of Water Resources
An aerial view looking northwest toward the Thermalito Afterbay part of the California State Water Project, background, and the Feather River, about six miles downstream from Oroville, California in Butte County. Record rainfall and snow has caused high water levels in the river. Photo taken February 26, 2017.
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Floodwaters surround a play structure on February 22, 2017, in San Jose, California.nThousands of people were ordered to evacuate their homes in the northern California city as floodwaters inundated neighborhoods and forced the shutdown of a major highway.
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Florence Low / California Department of Water Resources
After the recent storms, the Cosumnes River has flooded the area around Twin Cities Road, east of Interstate 5 in Elk Grove, Calif. on January 13, 2017.
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Floodwaters surround cars Feb. 22, 2017 in San Jose, California.
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Oroville Lake, the emergency spillway and a damaged main spillway are seen from the air on February 13, 2017 in Oroville, California. Almost 200,000 people were ordered to evacuate the northern California town after a hole in the emergency spillway in the Oroville Dam threatened to flood the surrounding area. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)
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California Department of Water Resources
The California Department of Water Resources suspended flows from the Oroville Dam spillway after a concrete section eroded on the middle section of the spillway. Photo taken February 7, 2017.
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NBC Bay Area
Horses are stranded in San Jose floodwaters Feb. 22, 2017.
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Floodwaters surround a home on February 22, 2017, in San Jose, California.nThousands of people were ordered to evacuate their homes early Wednesday in the northern California city of San Jose as floodwaters inundated neighborhoods and forced the shutdown of a major highway. / AFP / NOAH BERGER (Photo credit should read NOAH BERGER/AFP/Getty Images)
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KNBC-TV
Laurel Canyon Boulevard was partially back open to traffic Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, after a sinkhole opened up and swallowed two cars during a monster storm three days earlier. No serious injuries were reported.
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Florence Low / California Department of Water Resources
California Department of Water Resources staff employ overtop protection on the levees at Grizzly Island in Solano County, Calif, January 13, 2017.
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Florence Low / California Department of Water Resources
Flooding is occurring at both Grizzly Island on the left, and Wheeler Island on the right, located in the Sacramento San-Joaquin Delta in California, January 13, 2017.
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Florence Low / California Department of Water Resources
Reclamation District 563 builds a muscle wall on the levee for overtop protection along Tyler Island near Walnut Grove, Calif. January 13, 2017.
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At right, Sacramento County Sheriff crews fill sandbags at Tyler Island, located in Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in California, January 13, 2017. Florence Low / California Department of Water Resources
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Reclamation District 563 builds a muscle wall on the levee for overtop protection along Tyler Island near Walnut Grove, Calif. January 13, 2017. Florence Low / California Department of Water Resources
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Florence Low / California Department of Water Resources
Due to recent storms, Fremont Weir in Knights Landing, Calif. is overtopping, January 13, 2017. The Fremont Weir Wildlife Area is 1,461 acres at the north end of the Yolo Bypass floodway along the Sacramento River in Sutter and Yolo counties.
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Florence Low / California Department of Water Resources
Water is released from Folsom Lake and Dam in Sacramento County as a precaution against flooding, January 13, 2017. The lake's water storage is being reduced to save room for coming storms and snowmelt.
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Florence Low / California Department of Water Resources
Recent storms flood a building in Elk Grove, California, on January 13, 2017.
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Florence Low / California Department of Water Resources
A white vehicle is submerged during a flood on Twin Cities Road in Elk Grove, California, due to recent storms, January 13, 2017.
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Florence Low / California Department of Water Resources
After the recent storms, the Cosumnes River has flooded Twin Cities Road, east of Interstate 5 in Elk Grove, Calif. on January 13, 2017.
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Florence Low / California Department of Water Resources
Cache Creek Settling Basin Weir in Yolo County near Woodland, Calif. Jan. 13, 2017. The Cache Creek Settling Basin is located east of Woodland, near where Cache Creek flows into the Yolo Bypass.
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Florence Low / California Department of Water Resources
Water is released from Lake Natoma at Nimbus Dam in Rancho Cordova, Calif., as a precaution against flooding, January 13, 2017. Lake Natoma's water storage is being reduced to save room for coming storms and snowmelt. Lake Natoma is an intermediate lake along the American River, located between Folsom Dam and Nimbus Dam in Sacramento County, Calif. The lake is located within the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area.
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Florence Low / California Department of Water Resources
Water is released from Lake Natoma at Nimbus Dam in Rancho Cordova, Calif., as a precaution against flooding, January 13, 2017. Lake Natoma's water storage is being reduced to save room for coming storms and snowmelt. Lake Natoma is an intermediate lake along the American River, located between Folsom Dam and Nimbus Dam in Sacramento County, Calif. The lake is located within the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area.
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NASA
For a view of the reason behind the storms, we offer and even higher perspective This NASA satellite imagery shows the weather pattern that is responsible for this winter's steady stream of storms -- an atmospheric river. The systems draw moisture up from the tropics, unleashing a series of storms on the West Coast.
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