There is a rural community of roughly 2,000 people near Sacramento, California who have been urged to flee their homes because all the heavy rains they’ve experienced have created a river of floodwater on their streets. Other communities just north of San Francisco have also been asked to flee their homes for the same reasons. This means thousands of people will have to seek higher ground in order to avoid the floods in their area. The floods have even affected a famous drive-through tree tunnel that is over 130 years old.
Local authorities and emergency crews worked all day on Tuesday to try and contain the water with a levee. But there was just too much floodwater for them to contain it so they had to evacuate the community and get the residents out of there for their own safety. Mary Jo Flynn, an emergency services official of Sacramento County, said that the floodwater is likely going to rise so high that it will spill over the levee after twelve midnight strikes. Low level roads and buildings are already experiencing as much as one foot of water on the ground.
An evacuation center located in Elk Grove is currently available for residents who want to seek shelter. However, most of the residents have reportedly stayed behind and are willing to take their chances. Some people in this area are farmers and they have livestock on their land that they can’t just abandon.
The reason why the flooding has gotten so high in this region is because the heavy rains have added water to the Consumnes River in Sacramento County. There were also more than 3,000 residents in Sonoma County who were asked to evacuate because the waters of their Russian River were getting high as well.
No injuries or deaths have been reported as of yet. There is likely going to be a lot of home and vehicle damage, though.