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Levee breaches being repaired on swollen Mokelumne River near Lodi

Water flows into vineyard

This video shows a farmer's levee of overspill of the bank near the main Mokelumne River levee. No structures were immediately threatened by the breach, the office San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office reports.
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This video shows a farmer's levee of overspill of the bank near the main Mokelumne River levee. No structures were immediately threatened by the breach, the office San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office reports.

A levee break reported Monday afternoon on the north bank of the Mokelumne River levee near Lodi is being filled while crews are sandbagging a second break on the river’s south bank, the San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services reports.

Water is running high on the river north of Lodi after last week’s torrential rains. Officials notified people in the area of the north bank breach, which happened south of Clarksdale Road near Highway 99 and flooded a vineyard. East of the first breach, the south bank levee had water channeling under it, OES officials said.

The National Weather Service urged Sacramentans to use Tuesday to prepare for another wet period. Water accumulated in major flooding areas in the region last week, including Point Pleasant in south Sacramento County, the city of Elk Grove and the Dry Creek area of Rio Linda.

Flooding is expected to recede early this week, said Chris Hintz, meteorologist and forecaster for the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

“We are getting a little break here, so that is allowing the waters to recede,” Hintz said. “We will have to see how things accumulate through the week.”

Expected rain levels for Sacramento will reach almost 2 inches by Saturday. The Central Valley should see 1 to 3 inches of water and the foothills may get up to 5 inches, Hintz said.

Snow levels in the Sierra will reach 5,000 feet to 6,000 feet Wednesday, lowering to 4,000 feet Thursday. There will be periods of hazardous weather in the mountains Wednesday through Monday, Hintz said.

The flooding and snowstorms that battered the Sierra last week have taken a toll on Interstate 80 in the Reno area.

The Nevada Department of Transportation said I-80 travelers should expect delays this week on the west side of town as crews work to repair potholes from the Keystone exit on the edge of downtown all the way to the California state line.

The department said single-lane closures will continue at times in both directions. Speeds will be reduced to 55 mph and no passing will be allowed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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