California storm may test spillway at nation’s tallest dam
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California is bracing for a major spring storm that is expected to dump several inches of rain on burn-scarred areas of wine country. It could also bring the biggest test so far of a partly finished new spillway at the nation’s tallest dam.
The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings throughout Northern California ahead of Friday’s atmospheric river.
Officials in Santa Rosa are more concerned about how quickly the rain comes than how much. Fire department spokesman Paul Lowenthal says workers have been monitoring hundreds of storm drain inlets, especially the ones protecting the neighborhoods destroyed by the fires.
To the north, state water officials have been releasing water from Lake Oroville ahead of the storm.