Winter 2017: Strongest Storms in Years Soak California

Some of California's strongest storms in years moved through the state in the winter of 2017, bringing drought-busting rain, flooding and sights that Californians hadn't seen for years.

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The sun breaks through clouds that brought snow to the Sierra Nevada, Thursday, March 30, 2017, near Echo Summit, Calif. The California Department of Water Resources held it's manual snow survey at nearby Phillips Station, Thursday, and found the snowpack's water content at 183 percent of normal for that location at this time of year. Overall, the state's electronic snow monitors show the Sierra Nevada snowpack at 164 percent of normal. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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San Jose city council member Tam Nguyen, left, helps with cleanup efforts after a neighborhood in his district was flooded by recent storms Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. Residents returned to a San Jose neighborhood after it was flooded by the nearby Coyote Creek following a series of storms last week. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Firefighters were forced to rescue a driver from a ditch with fast rising water in Temecula on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017.
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Bonds Flat Road near the Don Pedro Dam spillway was excavated so 15,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) of outflow from three 45-foot gates could move downstream into the Tuolumne River in Mariposa County. The last time the gates were open was 20 years ago. Photo taken February 23, 2017.
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Floodwaters from the Tuolumne River have inundated properties near West Hatch and Vivian roads in Modesto, California. Record rainfall has forced the Don Pedro Dam spillway to release water for the first time in 20 years with an outflow of 15,000 cubic feet per second (cfs), which has caused further strain on the river channel's capacity in Stanislaus County. Photo taken February 23, 2017.
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Floodwaters from the Tuolumne River have inundated a trailer park on River Road in Modesto, California. Record rainfall has forced the Don Pedro Dam spillway to release water for the first time in 20 years with an outflow of 15,000 cubic feet per second (cfs), which has caused further strain on the river channel's capacity in Stanislaus County. Photo taken February 23, 2017.
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Cars are partially submerged and covered in mud from receding floodwaters Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. Thousands of people evacuated from a flood in San Jose, California, returned home Thursday amid warnings to be careful about hygiene and handling food that may have come into contact with flood water. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Li Truong, right, takes out some belongings from her flooded apartment with the help of friend Dung Nguyen Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. Thousands of people evacuated from a flood in San Jose, returned home Thursday amid warnings to be careful about hygiene and handling food that may have come into contact with flood water. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Fernando Benavidez shovels mud out of his driveway Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. Thousands of people evacuated from a flood in San Jose, California, returned home Thursday amid warnings to be careful about hygiene and handling food that may have come into contact with flood water. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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A man stands on a mud-filled street as water begins to recede from a flooded neighborhood Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. Thousands of people evacuated from a flood in San Jose, California, returned home Thursday amid warnings to be careful about hygiene and handling food that may have come into contact with flood water. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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In this Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 photo, horses are shown behind flood water in San Jose, Calif. California authorities are expected to head to flooded ranches in San Jose to rescue horses that have been standing in water for two days. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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Rescue crews take out residents from a flooded neighborhood Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. Rescuers chest-deep in water steered boats carrying dozens of people, some with babies and pets, from a San Jose neighborhood inundated by water from an overflowing creek Tuesday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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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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Rescue crews take out residents from a flooded neighborhood Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. Rescuers chest-deep in water steered boats carrying dozens of people, some with babies and pets, from a San Jose neighborhood inundated by water from an overflowing creek Tuesday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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People look out from the front door of a flooded apartment complex Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. Rains have saturated once-drought stricken California but have created chaos for residents hit hard by the storms. The latest downpours swelled waterways to flood levels and left about half the state under flood, wind and snow advisories. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Flood waters inundate a bicycle motocross track, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in Rio Linda, Calif. Water overflowing from nearby Dry Creek caused officials to call for a voluntary evacuation for parts of the small community north of Sacramento. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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Flood waters inundate a recreation area Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in Rio Linda, Calif. Water overflowing from nearby Dry Creek caused officials to call for a voluntary evacuation of parts of the small community north of Sacramento. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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Heavy storms over the past two weeks caused parts of the shoulder and one lane of westbound Highway 50 give way, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, near Pollock Pines, Calif. Crews have one lane open, of the four lane highway, as they work to repair the hole that is about 40 feet long and 17 feet wide on one of the main routes to Lake Tahoe. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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A sign is submerged in the water from Coyote Creek Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in Morgan Hill, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Cars are submerged in a flooded neighborhood Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. Rescuers chest-deep in water steered boats carrying dozens of people, some with babies and pets, from a San Jose neighborhood inundated by water from an overflowing creek Tuesday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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The Glory Hole spillway at Monticello Dam Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, in Lake Berryessa, Calif. Water is flowing for the first time in over a decade into the 72-foot diameter hole due to the recent storms in California. The unique spillway operates similarly to a bathtub drain. Heavy downpours are swelling creeks and rivers and bringing threats of flooding in California's already soggy northern and central regions. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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A woman stops with her dog to watch water flow into the iconic Glory Hole spillway at Monticello Dam Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, in Lake Berryessa, Calif. Water is flowing for the first time in over a decade into the 72-foot diameter hole due to the recent storms in California. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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A woman walks her dog in the rain Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, in San Anselmo, Calif. Heavy downpours are swelling creeks and rivers and bringing threats of flooding in California's already soggy northern and central regions. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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Traffic makes its way in the rain over the Golden Gate Bridge Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in San Francisco. A powerful storm is beginning to move into California as the saturated state faces a new round of wet weather that could trigger flooding and debris flows around the northern region. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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A fallen tree crushes a car outside a residence on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, in Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles. A huge Pacific storm parked itself over Southern California and unloaded, ravaging roads and opening sinkholes. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
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Storm clouds form over the Hollywood Freeway in Los Angeles, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Wet weather has returned to California with the first in a new series of rainstorms moving across the northern half of the state while the south awaits a tempest that forecasters say could be the strongest in years if not decades. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
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SUN VALLEY, CA - FEBRUARY 17: A firefighter carries a woman from her car after it was caught in street flooding as a powerful storm moves across Southern California on February 17, 2017 in Sun Valley, California. After years of severe drought, heavy winter rains have come to the state, and with them, the issuance of flash flood watches in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties, and the evacuation of hundreds of residents from Duarte, California for fear of flash flooding from areas denuded by a wildfire last year. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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A woman with her dog stops to look at a fallen tree that crushed a car Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, in Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles. A huge Pacific storm parked itself over Southern California and unloaded, ravaging roads and opening sinkholes. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
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A Union Pacific freight train derailed from its tracks on Friday afternoon near Dillard Road and the Cosumnes River, west of Highway 99, located south of Elk Grove, California, in Sacramento County on February 10, 2017.
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California Department of Water Resources manually opens 25 gates at the Sacramento Weir, which directs water from the Sacramento River through the Sacramento Bypass Wildlife Area and into the Yolo Bypass, located in Yolo County, California, February 9, 2017.
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Water levels are measured at the river gauge station on the Sacramento River near the I Street Bridge that links West Sacramento and downtown Sacramento, California, February 9, 2017.
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Old Route 49 bridge crossing over the South Yuba River in Nevada City, Calif. saw local and regional visitors during the atmospheric river event across Northern California on January 9, 2017.
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Lefty's Grill in Nevada City, Calif. had to close due to flooding from Deer Creek, which drains to the Yuba River, during the atmospheric river event across Northern California on January 10, 2017.
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The recent storm floods a home along Point Pleasant Road in Elk Grove, California on January 13, 2017.
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Discovery Park near downtown Sacramento, California was overtaken by high water from the American and Sacramento rivers after a series of atmospheric river storms hit Northern California. Photo taken January 9, 2017.
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The Sunrise Foot Bridge located several hundred feet downstream from Sunrise Boulevard on the American River was overtopped by high water released from Folsom and Nimbus dams after a series of atmospheric river storms hit Northern California. The bridge links Fair Oaks and Rancho Cordova. Photo taken January 12, 2017.
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Nimbus Dam on the American River released 55,000 cubic feet per second of water on January 12, 2017 after a series of atmospheric river storms hit Northern California with record levels of rain and snow.
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SUN VALLEY, CA - FEBRUARY 17: The busy I-5 freeway is shut down in both direction because of flooding as a powerful storm moves across Southern California on February 17, 2017 in Sun Valley, California. After years of severe drought, heavy winter rains have come to the state, and with them, the issuance of flash flood watches in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties, and the evacuation of hundreds of residents from Duarte, California for fear of flash flooding from area denuded by a wildfire last year. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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A man records high waves with his smartphone while standing on a sand berm Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in Seal Beach, Calif. A powerful Pacific storm blew into southern and central California on Friday, unleashing wind-driven heavy rains. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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A man dressed in rain coat rides his bike in the rain in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. A powerful Pacific storm blew into southern and central California on Friday with wind-driven heavy rains, triggering calls for evacuations, causing damage and injury as trees toppled and disrupting travel and outdoor events. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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Mud from earlier storms is seen in a wash above Melcanyon Road in Duarte, Calif., in a threatened area below a San Gabriel Mountains burn area known as the Fish Fire, as a powerful storm moves into Southern California Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. The saturated state faces a new round of wet weather that could trigger flooding and debris flows. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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K-rail, sand bags and other barriers are set up to block the flow of mud in a wash above Melcanyon Road in Duarte, Calif., in a threatened area below a San Gabriel Mountains burn area known as the Fish Fire, as a powerful storm moves into Southern California Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. The saturated state faces a new round of wet weather that could trigger flooding and debris flows. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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A bicyclist rides along a flooded street as a powerful storm moves across Southern California on February 17, 2017 in Sun Valley, California. After years of severe drought, heavy winter rains have come to the state, and with them, the issuance of flash flood watches in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties, and the evacuation of hundreds of residents from Duarte, California for fear of flash flooding from areas denuded by a wildfire last year.
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A man struggles against gusty wind and heavy rain as he walks along a pier Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in Huntington Beach, Calif. A major Pacific storm has unleashed downpours and fierce gusts on Southern California, triggering flash flood warnings and other problems. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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A man boards a bus on a flooded street as a powerful storm moves across Southern California on February 17, 2017 near Sun Valley, California. After years of severe drought, heavy winter rains have come to the state, and with them, the issuance of flash flood watches in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties, and the evacuation of hundreds of residents from Duarte, California for fear of flash flooding from areas denuded by a wildfire last year. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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Rain flooding on the 110 Freeway on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017.
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In this Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 satellite image released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows a powerful storm beginning to move into California as the saturated state faces a new round of wet weather that could trigger flooding and debris flows around the northern region. The brunt of the storm is expected to affect Southern California starting around midday Friday and into Saturday. Forecasters say rain will also spread into Central California and up to the San Francisco Bay Area. But the National Weather Service says only scattered light showers are occurring in the region north of Sacramento, where the damaged Oroville Dam continues to release water in advance of new storms. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration via AP)
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Storm debris covers a waterfront walkway Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in Sausalito, Calif. A powerful storm is beginning to move into California as the saturated state faces a new round of wet weather that could trigger flooding and debris flows around the northern region. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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A woman struggles to hang onto her umbrella in the wind Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in Sausalito, Calif. A powerful storm is beginning to move into California as the saturated state faces a new round of wet weather that could trigger flooding and debris flows around the northern region. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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Raindrops splash in water, mud and debris in a basin slowly filling up in Duarte, Calif., in a threatened area below a burn area know as the Fish Fire, as a powerful storm moves into Southern California Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. The saturated state faces a new round of wet weather that could trigger flooding and debris flows. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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Mud and debris accumulates behind a barrier in Duarte, Calif., in a threatened area below a burn area know as the Fish Fire, as a powerful storm moves into Southern California Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. The saturated state faces a new round of wet weather that could trigger flooding and debris flows. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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Part of the River Bend recreation area are submerged under floodwater Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, near Guerneville, California. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Two women share an umbrella walking in the rain Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in Sausalito, California. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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Headstones stick up over the flood water from the nearby Feather River at the Marysville Cemetery Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in Marysville, California. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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Jerry Rodriguez, left, shares a rain poncho with his girlfriend, Lilyana Del Villar, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, in downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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A man operates a motor boat in a flooded area Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, in Guerneville, California. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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A tow truck operator walks past an overturned vehicle on the south bound lane next to a mudslide which caused the complete closure of Highway 17 north Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, south of Santa Cruz, Calif. Flash flood watches are in place for parts of Northern California down through the Central Coast as heavy rains swamp roads and threaten to overtop rivers and creeks. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Ross Williams stands next to his truck as the San Lorenzo River floods a neighborhood Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, in Felton, California. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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A woman walks past a puddle on a pier at Fort Point in San Francisco, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. California's winter keeps getting wetter as the first in the latest round of storms moves ashore, bringing heavy rain and powerful winds. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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Floodwaters flow over a street during a rain storm on January 23, 2017 in Santa Clarita, California. Heavy rains pounded Southern California over the weekend causing flooding, mudslides and bringing down trees in the region. The rains are expected to taper off by end of day on Monday. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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A truck travels by a flooded street during a rain storm on January 23, 2017 in Santa Clarita, California. Heavy rains pounded Southern California over the weekend causing flooding, mudslides and bringing down trees in the region. The rains are expected to taper off by end of day on Monday. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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A front loader clears mud and debris from a street during a rain storm on January 23, 2017 in Santa Clarita, California. Heavy rains pounded Southern California over the weekend causing flooding, mudslides and bringing down trees in the region. The rains are expected to taper off by end of day on Monday. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Weekend storms caused flooding Sunday Jan. 22, 2017 in Seal Beach.
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A man walks along Bernal Heights Hill in San Francisco, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. The tail end of a punishing winter storm system lashed California with thunderstorms and severe winds Monday after breaking rainfall records, washing out roads and whipping up enormous waves. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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Mud flows in Iron Canyon on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, as a series of winter storms hit SoCal.
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A woman who gave her name as Julie holds her dog Shana as they wait outside of her office after rainwater flooded the street Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in San Diego. Flash flood warnings have been issued in various places in Southern California as the area is pounded by wind and rain from the second of a series of storms this week. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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A storm Friday Jan. 20, 2017 caused flooding and debris flows in the El Capitan Canyon area of Santa Barbara.
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A family walks on a stretch off land eroded by rain flow in Elysian Park in Los Angeles , Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. California getting soaked with series of heavy storms. A second storm will arrive Thursday night and could drop another 2 inches of rain and up to 3 inches in LA-area foothills by Saturday, forecasters said. Forecasters cautioned that mud and debris flows could occur if heavy rains fell on wildfire burn scars. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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A rainbow is seen after a storm during the first round of the CareerBuilder Challenge in Partnership with The Clinton Foundation on the Jack Nicklaus Tournament course at PGA West on January 19, 2017 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, looks over a fallen tulip tree at Capitol Park Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The nearly 90-foot tree was from an historic grove honoring Civil War veterans. It was among three from the 120-year-old grove that was destroyed during the storm that swept through Northern California Wednesday. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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An uprooted tree that struck a home in Sacramento, Calif is seen Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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Contractors survey a 72-inch sinkhole Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, in Orinda, Calif. The city council of Orinda declared a State of Emergency Tuesday night because of a large sinkhole caused by last week's wet weather. Repairs will take at least four weeks, as the San Francisco Bay Area is being hit with a new series of rain storms. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Floodwaters surround an antique store on Jan. 11, 2017 in Guerneville, California. Storms brought heavy rains and flooding to Northern California just days after rain and snow storms pounded the region bringing much needed water to drought stricken California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Floodwaters stand in a miniature golf course on January 10, 2017 in Guerneville, California.
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A resident paddles his kayak through floodwaters on January 11, 2017 in Guerneville, California.
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Floodwaters surround a gas station on January 11, 2017 in Guerneville, California.
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Floodwaters stand in an abandoned amusement park on January 10, 2017 in Guerneville, California.
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Signs block a flooded roadway and vineyard on January 10, 2017 in Forestville, California.
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A sign is submerged in floodwaters in front of flooded homes on January 11, 2017 in Guerneville, California.
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Floodwaters stand in a miniature golf course on January 10, 2017 in Guerneville, California.
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Houseboats sit on the rising waters of Oroville Lake, near Oroville, Calif. Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. More than 40 percent of California has emerged from a punishing drought that covered the whole state a year ago, federal drought-watchers said Thursday, a stunning transformation caused by an unrelenting series of storms in the North that filled lakes, overflowed rivers and buried mountains in snow. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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A downpour drenches city workers at the site of a landslide along Laurel Canyon Boulevard between Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley and West Hollywood Thursday Jan. 12, 2017.
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Early morning rush hour traffic crawls along the Hollywood Freeway near downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Flooded roads and freeways along with low fog and clouds made for a hazardous commute Thursday as another round of heavy rain moved through Southern California, raising fresh fears of possible mudslides in wildfire burn areas. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
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A crew from San Francisco Public Works removes a tree that fell on a car in San Francisco, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. Drenching winter rains combined with the punishing effects of six years of drought are causing trees to topple across California, in some cases with deadly results. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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Downtown workers make their way along a soggy street in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2107. Flooded roads and freeways along with low fog and clouds made for a hazardous commute Thursday as another round of heavy rain moved through Southern California, raising fresh fears of possible mudslides in wildfire burn areas. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
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A car is submerged as the Russian River floods Johnson's Beach, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Guerneville, Calif. The latest in an onslaught of winter storms comes with blizzard warnings for the Sierra Nevada and a new round of flooding for Northern California river towns where thousands of people remained under evacuation advisory Tuesday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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Rita Maissno, right, and Lara Seltzer make their way through heavy rain and gusty wind as they walk along a pier Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in Huntington Beach, Calif. A major Pacific storm has unleashed downpours and fierce gusts on Southern California, triggering flash flood warnings and other problems. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Part of a patio collapsed Wednesday Jan. 11, 2017 in Laurel Canyon, causing concerns about a possible landslide onto the road.
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Laurel Canyon Boulevard was closed Wednesday Jan. 11, 2017 due to a patio collapse that raised landslide concerns in the area between the San Fernando Valley and West Hollywood.
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A pair of ducks make their way along a flooded road Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Monte Rio, Calif. The latest in an onslaught of winter storms comes with blizzard warnings for the Sierra Nevada and a new round of flooding for Northern California river towns where thousands of people remained under evacuation advisory Tuesday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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Flooding surrounds an arcade and miniature golf course Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Guerneville, Calif. The latest in an onslaught of winter storms comes with blizzard warnings for the Sierra Nevada and a new round of flooding for Northern California river towns where thousands of people remained under evacuation advisory Tuesday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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Water from the Sacramento River flows through some of the gates of the Sacramento Weir, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in West Sacramento, Calif. State officials opened the Sacramento Weir gates for the first time in more than a decade as stormy weather continues to lash Northern California and Nevada. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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California State Parks Supervising Ranger Tony Tealdi talks to reporters at hthe fallen Pioneer Cabin Tree at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, in Arnold, Calif. Famous for a "drive-thru" hole carved into its trunk, the giant sequoia was toppled over by a massive storm Sunday. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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Emergency crews pile sandbags Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, along the Truckee River in Lockwood, Nev. National Guard troops were called in to assist local residents whose neighborhood was cut off by flooding. The worst danger had passed but more rain was in the forecast later this week. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)
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Terry Howard, left, pushes his stalled car from a flooded street with the help of his wife Janie Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, in Felton, Calif. Flash flood watches are in place for parts of Northern California down through the Central Coast as heavy rains swamp roads and threaten to overtop rivers and creeks. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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The people at Whitehall Lane Winery in Napa Valley sent in this photo of a tree that crashed through a guest house on the vineyard property during the intense storms in Northern California. Thankfully, the house was empty when the tree went down. (Published Jan. 9, 2017.)
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A tree collapsed on a Whitehall Lane Winery guesthouse Monday Jan. 9, 2017. No injuries were reported.
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Vineyards remain flooded in the Russian River Valley, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, in Forestville, Calif. A massive storm system stretching from California into Nevada lifted rivers climbing out of their banks, flooded vineyards and forced people to evacuate after warnings that hillsides parched by wildfires could give way to mudslides. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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A break between storms appears over San Francisco Bay, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, as viewed from Sausalito, Calif. A massive storm system stretching from California into Nevada lifted rivers climbing out of their banks, flooded vineyards and forced people to evacuate after warnings that hillsides parched by wildfires could give way to mudslides. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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Andrea Castillo watches water flow heavily down the Merced River at the Pohono Bridge as it steadily rises throughout the day in Yosemite National Park, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. Stranded motorists were pulled from cars stuck on flooded roads as heavy rains from a massive winter storm moved into Northern California. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)
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A "closed" sign stands at the entrance of a normally busy ice rink at the Half Dome Village of Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Saturday, Jan 7, 2016. The area has been evacuated ahead of possible flooding of the Merced River from a storm system in Northern California. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)
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Rising floodwaters knock down trees in the Big Sur area during a winter storm Monday Jan. 9, 2017.
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Front-end loaders remove mud near homes in Duarte, California Monday Jan. 9, 2017 after overnight downpours.
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Tents stand empty at Half Dome Village in Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Saturday, Jan 7, 2016, after being evacuated ahead of possible flooding of the Merced River from a storm system in Northern California. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)
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Mud and water wash down from the Sand Canyon burn area near Santa Clarita Monday Jan. 9, 2017.
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Water pours down Yosemite Falls during heavy rain in Yosemite National Park, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. Stranded motorists were pulled from cars stuck on flooded roads as heavy rains from a massive winter storm moved into Northern California. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)
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Park Ranger Cullen Tucker walks across a bridge during a rain storm on the Merced River in Yosemite National Park, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. Stranded motorists were pulled from cars stuck on flooded roads as heavy rains from a massive winter storm moved into Northern California. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)
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Photographer Michael Macor walks through a flooded Cook's Meadow area near the Merced River as water pours down Yosemite Falls during a media tour in Yosemite National Park, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. Stranded motorists were pulled from cars stuck on flooded roads as heavy rains from a massive winter storm moved into Northern California. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)
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Leidig Meadow, which is normally dry, is flooded by the Merced River Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, as makeshift waterfalls are are off in the distance from pouring rainfall in Yosemite National Park, Calif.Stranded motorists were pulled from cars stuck on flooded roads as heavy rains from a massive winter storm moved into Northern California. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)
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A man walks in the rain past a covered storefront in San Anselmo, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. On the California coast, weather forecasters anticipate a storm surge from the Pacific called an atmospheric river to dump several inches of rain from Sonoma to Monterey counties, and up to a foot in isolated places in the Santa Cruz mountains. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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A driver travels through flooded water on Green Valley Road in Graton, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. On the California coast, weather forecasters anticipate a storm surge from the Pacific called an atmospheric river to dump several inches of rain from Sonoma to Monterey counties, and up to a foot in isolated places in the Santa Cruz mountains. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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A driver travels through flooded water on Green Valley Road in Graton, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. On the California coast, weather forecasters anticipate a storm surge from the Pacific called an atmospheric river to dump several inches of rain from Sonoma to Monterey counties, and up to a foot in isolated places in the Santa Cruz mountains. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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A red pickup truck sits abandoned it after it got stuck in floodwaters Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, on a closed road at a University of Nevada, Reno, research farm bordering the Truckee River south of U.S. Interstate 80. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner).
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A man stops to take a picture of the Russian River as it floods Johnson's Beach Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Guerneville, Calif. The latest in an onslaught of winter storms comes with blizzard warnings for the Sierra Nevada and a new round of flooding for Northern California river towns where thousands of people remained under evacuation advisory Tuesday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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City crews clear tree branches and debris from the Truckee River in downtown Reno, Nev., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, after flooding sent water over the banks and caused to close all downtown bridges the day before. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)
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Floodwaters flow over a street during a rain storm on January 23, 2017 in Santa Clarita, California. Heavy rains pounded Southern California over the weekend causing flooding, mudslides and bringing down trees in the region. The rains are expected to taper off by end of day on Monday. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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