Northern CA levees break

Two levees broke in northern California on Tuesday, flooding homes and farmland in the Merced area.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | April 4, 2006


Two levees broke in northern California on Tuesday, flooding homes and farmland in the Merced area.

A trailer park was inundated with 18 inches of water, according to local emergency management reports, but no injuries were reported. Water breached a 30-foot levee along a creek in Merced, according to reports from the the Department of Water Resources. Some 200 people were evacuated in Merced County as the threat continues.

A second levee broke south of Sacramento along the Cosumnes River. The area is largely farmland and, though pastures were swamped, no homes were threatened in Sacramento County.

The breaks came as heavy rain was still falling across northern California. The ground is also saturated by melting mountain snow.

Mudslides were also a threat, and several homes were evacuated near San Francisco.

As parts of the east saw their driest March on record, Sacramento had 5.29 inches of rain in March - 2.49 inches more than average, according to the National Weather Service.


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