February 2, 2023

Videos, Photos and Maps of the Damage From the California Storms

A catastrophic string of storms continued to pummel California on Tuesday, with the additional rain aggravating ongoing flooding conditions and raising the risk of flash floods and mudslides. Scenes of the destruction played out across the state.


Photos taken Jan. 10

Clockwise from top left: David Swanson/Reuters; Mario Tama/Getty Images; David Swanson/Reuters; Sarah Reingewirtz/The Orange County Register, via Associated Press

In Chatsworth, a Los Angeles suburb, several people were rescued after a sinkhole swallowed two cars. A gushing Los Angeles River and mudslides threatened homes in Southwest Los Angeles after a rare flash flood warning was issued. In the northern part of the state, high winds and flooding rain carved out a chunk of a pier in Capitola, a suburb of Santa Cruz.

Parts of Union Station in downtown Los Angeles were flooded on Tuesday morning. L.A. Metro officials warned commuters to expect major delays.

Los Angeles

Video taken Jan. 10

Benjamin Rey Madarang, via Storyful

Earlier rainfall had already drenched the ground and increased runoff. There have also been landslides in the Shaver Lake area in Fresno County, in the central part of the state.

Shaver Lake

Video taken Jan. 9

California Highway Patrol Fresno, via Associated Press

This map of California highway patrol incidents shows how widespread the flooded roads and mudslides are. The agency is strongly advising residents to limit nonessential travel.


Reports of

Flooded roads





Lake Tahoe

Sacramento

San Francisco

Santa Cruz

CALIFORNIA

Santa Barbara

Los Angeles

Lake Tahoe

Sacramento

San

Francisco

Santa Cruz

CALIFORNIA

Santa Barbara

Los Angeles

Source: California Highway Patrol

Note: The map includes reported incidents from 5:35 a.m. Jan. 9 to 2:00 p.m. Jan. 10 P.S.T.

By Scott Reinhard

Coastal towns like Santa Barbara were particularly hard hit, prompting evacuations and road closures. Some residents tried to use sandbags to slow the rush of floodwaters, with little success. One man was seen by a local TV news crew on the road paddling a kayak. Parts of Santa Barbara County, north of Los Angeles, had received more than 16 inches of rain as of early Tuesday.

Santa Barbara

Video taken Jan. 9

KEYT, via Associated Press

Water levels in many rivers have approached or surpassed flood stage. Officials are keeping an eye on about three dozen locations where rivers could reach flood levels, according to the National Weather Service’s California-Nevada River Forecast Center.

Where streams and rivers flooded

Highest level of flooding reported in the last 24 hours

TK

Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notes: Data is as of undefined Minor flooding is defined as causing minimal or no property damage. Moderate flooding could lead to some inundation of structures and roads, causing evacuations. Major flooding could lead to extensive inundation of structures and roads, causing significant evacuations.
By Zach Levitt and Bea Malsky

Heavy rains and powerful winds led to flooding and uprooted trees in the streets of Sacramento on Monday. The National Weather Service says powerful thunderstorms, which could bring small hail and brief tornados, along with more heavy rain and high winds, are possible through 8 p.m. P.S.T. throughout interior Northern California, which includes Sacramento.

Sacramento

Video taken Jan. 9

CA DWR, via Storyful

The town of Gilroy, in an inland region in Northern California’s Santa Clara County, was partly underwater on Monday. Drone footage showed floodwaters nearly consuming cars and the first floors of homes. The flooding closed most lanes of nearby highways.

Video taken Jan. 9

KGO, via Associated Press

Looking ahead, rainfall totals over the next several days in many parts of California could reach seven additional inches, as yet another large cyclone forming off the coast slams areas from Northern California into the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.

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