Elk Grove, Region Brace For 'Atmospheric River' and Flood Watch

Cosumnes River at Wilton Road Bridge in Wilton, Calif. Saturday, January 7, 2017, 8 a.m. PST. |  
January 7, 2016 |    

With ample warnings, Northern California communities including Elk Grove are bracing for the most notable rainstorm to hit the area in several years.

On Wednesday, the Sacramento office of the National Weather Service issued their initial 48 hour flood watch advisory for large portions of Northern California, including Elk Grove starting today at 4 p.m. PST. Since the first advisory, the NWS has extended the warning for an additional 72 hours until the afternoon of Wednesday, January  11.

The storm, which meteorologist call a atmospheric river, is forecast to drop as much as 12 inches of rain on portions of the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. Additionally, the snow level tomorrow could rise to the 9,000 - 10,000 feet resulting in significant snow melt affecting several rivers including the Cosumnes. 

The National Weather Service forecast for the Cosumnes River at Michigan bar shows the river reaching flood stage at 6 a.m. Sunday, January 8 with the highest levels coming around 7 p.m. later that same days (see chart).

Accordingly, the City of Elk Grove, Sacramento County and several other municipalities have opened self-serve sandbag facilities. 

Elk Grove has five locations that can be viewed here. Wilton residents, which are vulnerable to flooding from the Cosumnes River, can get sandbags at the Wilton Fire Department Station located on Wilton and Dillard roads. 

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