California deals with surging rivers, sliding rocks and flooded towns as storm passes

Mar 15, 2023 at 3:25pm

Ruben Vives, Susanne Rust, Terry Castleman, Hayley Smith, LA Times

PAJARO, Calif. —  Surging rivers. Sliding rocks. Flooded towns.

The 11th atmospheric river storm of the season left a trail of soggy misery in California as it broke decades-old rainfall records and breached levees this week.

In the Tulare County city of Porterville, residents on both sides of the Tule River were ordered to evacuate Wednesday morning as levels rose at Lake Success, sending water running over the spillway at Schafer Dam.

“Right now the dam is in good working order — there’s no threat to the structure of the dam — but we have significant water coming off of the spillway,” said Carrie Monteiro, a spokeswoman for the Tulare County Emergency Operations Center.

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