Crews from the California Conservation Corps, positioned plastic sheeting then secured it with sandbags they filled on site to strengthen and protect levees holding in surging water in the Delta in San Joaquin County on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017.
State water resources officials and the Butte County sheriff were feeling optimistic Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, as inflows into Lake Oroville were dropping. They said an emergency spillway on Oroville Dam was unlikely to be redeployed and an evacuation warning for residents might soon be lifted after the latest storms.
An aerial view of the Sacramento River in the region shows the effects of February's rainfall, which has measured a record 7.60 inches in Sacramento. As of Tuesday morning, a record 17.75 inches of rain has fallen this year in Sacramento, according to the National Weather Service.