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File photo, Willow Creek flooding 2017 (Gina Clugston)

Flood Watch Continues For The Central Sierra

CENTRAL SIERRA — A Flood Watch remains in effect from 10 p.m. this evening through Tuesday morning, Feb. 21, says the National Weather Service in Hanford.

The Flood Watch is for portions of central California including the following areas:

  • Madera, Mariposa, and Fresno County foothills
  • East Central San Joaquin Valley
  • Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon
  • Tulare County Foothill
  • Tulare County Mountains
  • West Central San Joaquin Valley

An incoming strong storm system will bring a period of excessive rainfall to central California. The heaviest rainfall will occur early Monday morning through Monday night.

The combination of already wet soils and moderate to heavy rain could lead to excessive runoff. Flooding of small streams, low water crossings and poor drainage areas will be possible. Mud and rock slides in areas of higher terrain are also possible.

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

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