Maxwell near I-5 floods as creeks swell; funnel cloud spotted near Nicolaus

Flooding on I-5 corridor near Williams

With Sutter Buttes in the background to the east, cars slowly make their way down the I-5 corridor near Williams, Calif.
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With Sutter Buttes in the background to the east, cars slowly make their way down the I-5 corridor near Williams, Calif.

Traffic inches along Interstate 5

9:10 p.m.: Traffic remains slow on Interstate 5 in the Williams area, according to the state Department of Transportation:

Stanislaus County shelter to move to fairgrounds

5:50 p.m.: The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department reports that the American Red Cross will relocate its shelter in Patterson to the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds Turf Club building, 900 N. Broadway in Turlock, at 4 p.m. Sunday. This move is being done to allow for more capacity, if needed, as another storm approaches Stanislaus County.

More emergency information is available here.

Flooding slows trucker in state

5:35 p.m.: Ray Long, a truck driver hauling construction materials from Southern California to Redding, reached a peak of frustration Saturday when he decided to pull off Interstate 5 and stay the night at the Motel 6 in Williams.

Long said the trip that should have taken 1 1/2 days is turning into a three- to four-day ordeal.

First, he was delayed Friday because of flooding along the Grapevine in Southern California.

Then just before he reached Williams, he was stalled again for three hours because of flooding.

“I‘m supposed to have time off after this and spend time with my wife and kids,” he said. “Now I’m not going to be able to do that for a few days.”

Crews patrol levees south of Maxwell

5:25 p.m.: At Reclamation District 108, an agricultural district about 30 miles south of Maxwell, crews were patrolling the 90 miles of levees that protect a region stretching from Colusa to Knights Landing.

“We do have some boils we’re sandbagging,” said Lewis Bair, the district’s general manager. “We’re definitely not comfortable, but we’re managing the situation.”

Next rain surge forecast Sunday through Monday night

5:15 p.m.: More rain expected to worsen flooding in Northern California, the National Weather Service reports:

Funnel cloud seen near Nicolaus

3:27 p.m.: The National Weather Service is reporting that a funnel cloud was spotted Saturday afternoon near Nicolaus in Sutter County:

Roads, bridges close throughout Stanislaus County

3:25 p.m: The Modesto Bee is reporting that there is handful of road closures throughout Stanislaus County due to flooding.

Road closures throughout Northern California

3 p.m.: Travel on scores of Northern California roadways Saturday was limited by mudslides, flooding and soils. Among affected routes:

▪ Mosquito Road near the Mosquito Bridge, northeast of Placerville in El Dorado County, is closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic because of large hole in the roadway, the California Highway Patrol’s Placerville Office reports.

▪ Caltrans closed two Interstate 5 lanes at Maxwell, one northbound and one southbound, and reported travel delays across a 40-mile stretch of the freeway from Arbuckle to Delevan.

▪ Yolo County announced it will close South River Road from the West Sacramento city limits to the Freeport Bridge starting 5 p.m. Saturday due to soil conditions. The route will be open only to those who reside along the route.

▪ Highway16 is closed at Rumsey Canyon in Yolo County due to a mudslide.

▪ Highway 20 is closed from 5.5 miles east of Highway 16 and E Street in Williams due to flooding. The route also is closed from Husted Road to Lone Star Road in Williams due to flooding.

▪ Highway 49 is under one-way traffic control for a short distance five miles north of Nevada City due to a slide. The route has one-way controlled traffic also from the Yuba Pass summit to Sattley in Sierra County for flood damage repairs.

▪ Highway 70 is closed from Jarbo Gap in Butte County to the junction of State Route 89 in Plumas County due to flooding.

▪ Highway 89 has controlled traffic at various locations about 2.5 miles north of Greenville due to a mudslide.

▪ Interstate 505 has been reduced to one southbound lane north of Highway 16 to the junction of I-5 in Yolo County due to flooding.

Town of Maxwell floods in Colusa County

Noon: Residents of the town of Maxwell in Colusa County were flooded early Saturday as creeks and canals over-topped their banks, the National Weather Service reported.


A number of residents began calling the Colusa County Sheriff’s Department at 2 a.m. about rising water levels. The department reported later Saturday that local creeks and canals were inundated and had breached their banks.

The department has started voluntary evacuations. The Red Cross is setting up an evacuation center at the Williams Education Village.

Authorities said Old Highway 99 is closed from the Glenn County Line to Williams. Maxwell Road is closed just west of I-5. Traffic on I-5 at Maxwell is reduced to one lane in each direction because of the flooding, according to Cal-Trans and the Chico office of the California Highway Patrol.

Assemblyman James Gallagher, R-Yuba City, said he believes evacuees were headed to both Maxwell High School on the west side of the town as well as the evacuation center in Williams.

“People are going to be displaced for an undetermined amount of time. So this is devastating for the people living there,” Gallagher said. “From the pictures I’m seeing, there is water in all of the homes.”

The town recorded about 1,100 residents in the 2010 U.S. Census.

Grass Valley and other communities along the western Sierra Nevada foothills can expect heavy rain of 5 inches to 7.5 inches starting Sunday night into Tuesday, raising the prospect of mudslides and flooding due to already saturated soils, National Weather Service meteorologist Hannah Chandler said.

Chandler said the “atmospheric river” headed for California will dump 2 inches to 3 inches of rain in Valley during the period.

Donner Pass will receive around 18 inches of snow, she said, and Carson and Ebbetts Pass in Alpine County are expected to receive 38 inches to 40 inches of snow.

“The storm should be coming in late Sunday night and will hit us hard on Monday into Tuesday,” Chandler said. “So we do have a flood watch out for our entire area for that time frame.”

She said mudslides “are definitely a concern as well as an increase in flooding” for the foothills.

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