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Storms Put Sacramento Area On Flood Watch

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

All the spillways at Nimbus Dam are open, making room for additional rain expected in the coming days.  

Bob Rasch is a forecaster with the National Weather Service.  He says two weeks of storms have put most creeks and streams in the Sacramento area at critical levels. 

"We do have what we call a flood watch out," Rasch said.  "And our main emphasis of that flood is small rivers, creeks, and streams."

Rasch says any flooding in the coming days will most likely be confined to small tributaries.  He says flooding of the Sacramento or the American River isn't likely with about an inch of rain in the forecast. 
The Sacramento and the American River are running high though.   The city has crews monitoring the levees. 
Rasch says another strong storm is moving into the Sacramento area this Saturday. 
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