Will there be major flooding in Sacramento? What you can expect from Sunday’s storm – CBS Sacramento
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – With the storm coming this weekend and multiple flash flood warnings, you might be wondering if you can expect major flooding in Sacramento.
Flooding has historically been a problem in Sacramento for a long time. According to the Sacramento County Water Resources Department, “Sacramento’s flood risk is the greatest of any major city in the country.”
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“In recent decades, our region has experienced significant, sometimes devastating, flooding. The most notable floods occurred in 1986, 1995, 1997, 2006 and 2017. Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency identifies Sacramento as the nation’s greatest metropolitan flood risk.
With the National Weather Service’s projections for the upcoming storm – projecting 4.86 inches over a 24-hour period, which would be the second-highest 24-hour precipitation record – can we actually expect major flooding at Sacramento?
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According to CBS13 meteorologist Jordan Segundo, the areas most at risk are the sites of recent forest fires. These areas are now home to “burn scars”, where soil that was previously held in place by trees is now much more volatile and vulnerable to heavy rains and potential flooding.
If flooding does occur, it will most likely affect low-lying areas of the region, especially near streams and streams. Homeless residents may be the most vulnerable, as many homeless settlements are located in low-lying areas.
However, the city and county of Sacramento have made an effort to help homeless populations, opening temporary “storm centers” where the homeless can find shelter this weekend.
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