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CA evacuates 100+ families

More than 100 people were evacuated because of a weekend flood threat in northern California.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | December 31, 2005

More than 100 people were evacuated because of a weekend flood threat in northern California.

Most evacuees were located in El Dorado County, Calif., where about 60 people near the the Cosumnes River were forced to leave their homes. Evacuation orders were also issued for about 50 residents of Nashville and Gold Beach, nine residents living in a threatened section of Coloma, and four families in Greenwood.

In northern California, forecasters said the latest storm was the strongest in a decade.

Mudslides blocked roads, and some rivers were at their highest levels in several years.

Flood warnings were issued in Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lake, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento Shasta, Solano, Sutter, Tehama, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba counties. In addition, a flash flood warning was issued for southeastern Yolo County because of the release of water into the Sacramento Weir.

The Department of Water Resources is conducting around-the-clock patrols on the levees that protect Sacramento.

In western Oregon, flood warnings were issued on rivers from near Portland to the California border. Several major rivers could overflow over the weekend, said forecasters, though no severe flooding was reported in the state by Saturday afternoon. Residents in low-lying areas were sandbagging to keep water from filling their basements and garages, said emergency management officials.

Nevada reported localized flooding as well, but weather forecasters said the storm would not be a repeat of a 1997 flood in that state that caused severe damage.

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