Heavy rainfall has plagued California for weeks. Residents in the flood-affected town of Porterville this week say the water came suddenly, flooding homes and not giving them time to leave. – We’ve lost everything. It’s devastating,” said one resident. Forecasters are warning of more downpours next week.
Thursday’s break from torrential downpours allowed California officials and residents to begin assessing damage and cleaning up after the US state was hit by 11. atmospheric river since Christmas. Masses of moist and warm air dropped huge amounts of rain over areas already affected by flooding.
Residents of the city of Porterville, a town of over 60,000 in Tulare County, central California, waded knee-deep in water trying to save their belongings and feed their animals. As reported by Reuters journalists, the fast-moving flood water destroyed everything in its path within a quarter of an hour, leaving no time to evacuate yourself and the animals and take the necessary things.
“It’s devastating. We’ve lost everything”
“We are shocked that it all happened so quickly,” said one of the affected residents, Teresa Garcia. “I hope that when the water recedes we can salvage some valuables, because we certainly won’t be able to live here anymore,” she said.
– My 86-year-old father and I have lost everything. We’ve lived here for 50 years,” said Victoria Bodley. – It’s devastating. My pets are my life because I am retired.
Evacuation orders have been in place on both sides of the Tulare River since Thursday. They affect about 200 homes and businesses. For several days, a rapidly growing state of Lake Success and a rapid increase in the water level in the river have been observed. “I’ve lived here for 20 years and I’ve never seen the water so high,” said Maria Mancebo.
Another atmospheric river in the forecasts
The weather will not give California residents long respite from violent phenomena. Another atmospheric river is expected to bring heavy rainfall next week.
In the south of the state, 25 to 50 liters of water per square meter may fall, up to 75 liters per square meter. in the mountains, the National Weather Service (NWS) warned. It was noted that forecasts may change.
Reuters, abc30.com, tvnmeteo.pl
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