After renewed rainfall in California, around 20,000 households are without power.
The latest in a series of storms swept through an already hard-hit California with heavy rain on Saturday, causing flooding. Fields and roads were flooded in many places, and power lines were damaged. Around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday night (CET), around 20,000 households had no electricity, according to the website poweroutage.us. “We’re not done yet,” US state governor Gavin Newsom warned on Saturday after visiting those affected. He warned to remain “vigilant”.
Almost 26 million Californians were still affected by flood warnings on Saturday evening, according to the US weather service NWS. Tens of thousands of people were called to evacuate their homes.
“Catastrophic flooding” was predicted for an area on the Salinas River, a major agricultural region south of the metropolitan San Francisco Bay Area. According to a journalist from the AFP news agency, the river burst its banks in many places and flooded fields.
In the mountains, the precipitation led to heavy snowfalls. The authorities warned of the danger of avalanches. Struggling in the aftermath of decades of drought, California has been suffering from winter storms for weeks, with rainfall and snow levels hitting some areas in 150 years. At least 19 people were killed.