More than 9,000 California residents were under evacuation orders Friday as a new atmospheric river brought heavy rain, thunderstorms and strong winds, swelling rivers and creeks and flooding several major highways during the morning commute.
Sonoma County Fire's Eric Gromala guides a woman to safety after her vehicle stalled out in deep floodwater on Eastside Road just south of Riverfront Regional Park near Forestville, California.
State Parks swift water technicians Jeremy Paiss and Bryan Kine transport Lizbeth Hernandez to safety after her truck was swept away by flood waters along Paulsen Road in Watsonville, California. Hernandez, who does not swim, stood on the roof of her truck for over an hour until Paiss and Kine could reach her and paddle her to safety.
A mudslide covers westbound Green Hill Road between Graton and Occidental, California. A large atmospheric river storm has caused flooding in Northern California.
Crews assess storm damage, which washed out North Main Street in Soquel, California.
Floodwaters stand inside Jose Garcia's home on College Road in Watsonville, California.
A homeless tent encampment, right, is set next to a large Eucalyptus tree that fell with the storms at Elysian Park in Los Angeles.
Water flows down Oroville Dam's main spillway in Oroville, California. Lake Oroville — one of the most important reservoirs in the state and home to the nation's tallest dam — has so much water that officials on Friday opened the dam's spillways for the first time since April 2019. The reservoir's water has risen 180 feet (54.8 meters) since Dec. 1.
State Parks swift water technicians Jeremy Paiss and Bryan Kine swim to rescue Lizbeth Hernandez, 18, as shivers from the cold standing on the top of her submerged truck in Casserly Creek in Watsonville, California.
Teresa Fuentes moves her belongings out of floodwaters at her home on College Road in Watsonville, California.
Teresa Fuentes surveys flood damage at her home on College Road in Watsonville, California.
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