UPDATED – President’s Day weekend storm to hit Sacramento and City is on watch

*UPDATED on Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m.*

President’s Day showers to give way to gusty winds overnight- City stays vigilant

Fortunately, the weekend rains have not greatly affected the City. More significant river impacts are expected to be experienced along the San Joaquin River system and along the northern portions of the Sacramento River.

Only 36 storm-related calls to DOU have been received today. Rain will be tapering off this evening with high winds expected throughout the night, gusting at 55-60 miles per hour.

City crews will respond to calls about downed trees with those posing immediate threats to public safety addressed first. The City is also monitoring the levees 24/7. No significant erosion issues have been reported. Utilities will be closely monitoring the Pocket and Greenhaven area.

What can you do?

  • Citizens are still asked to clear any debris and leaves from storm drains to minimize localized flooding.
  • Call 311, or use Sac311.org, about any concerns with levees or incidents of localized flooding or reports of downed trees. Downed trees that are immediate threats to public safety are addressed first.
  • Stay tuned for information from local media.

River Update – both Rivers remain far below state-mandated monitoring stages

The Sacramento River at I street is at 26.5 feet.  State-mandated monitoring stage is at 27.5 feet. (Department of Utilities is already actively monitoring the levees as is their policy when the river level rises to 25.3 feet.)

Tuesday at 8 a.m., the river is forecast to rise to 26.9 feet. Wednesday at 8 a.m., the river is forecast to peak at 27.2 feet. The Sacramento River is forecast to begin receding Wednesday mid morning.

The American River at H street is forecast to peak Monday evening through Wednesday morning at 30.6 feet.  (Monitoring Stage is at 39 feet). These forecasts include the rain with this storm slightly rising the level of the rivers near Sacramento.

Folsom Lake Update

As of  1 p.m., Feb. 20, Folsom Lake is at 43 percent capacity.

Oroville Update
  • As of 1 p.m., Feb 20,  the Oroville Reservoir is at 79 percent capacity.
  • The lake level has now been lowered 52 feet since the emergency spillway overflowed.
  • State Department of Water Resources indicates storage space enough to handle incoming storm even at reduced outflows.

Lead image courtesy of Thomas Dodson

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