Pictures show record-breaking flooding in California that resulted in boat rescues, mudslides and levee breaches. More rain is coming.

a man pours a bucket of brown water on a flooded street through a shop door

A company fights flooding in San Carlos, California, December 31, 2022.Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu agency via Getty Images

  • An atmospheric river dumped record rainfall across northern California on New Year’s Eve.

  • Pictures show flooding, landslides, boat and helicopter rescues, broken levees and a sinkhole.

  • Another atmospheric river is approaching, which could bring worse flooding on Wednesday and Thursday.

Northern California was inundated with floodwaters when a river dumped record-breaking rainfall on New Year’s Eve into the area.

Californians only have a few days’ respite before another atmospheric river – a steam channel that can carry as much water as a river – is set to flood the area on Wednesday and Thursday. According to the National Weather Service, it will be “similar in strength to or stronger than the New Year’s Eve storm.”

Since the soil is already saturated from a recent storm, it may not be able to absorb as much water when a new atmospheric river falls. That could mean even worse flooding.

a flood under the freeway partially submerges a car in San Francisco

A car is partially submerged on a flooded road after heavy rains in San Francisco, California, December 31, 2022, in this screenshot obtained from a social media video.Dav Yaginuma/Reuters

A recent storm left people stranded, vehicles submerged and abandoned, highways closed and triggered mudslides and landslides. At least two people died in the floods. Rescue efforts are underway and flood waters have still risen in some areas.

the car is driving around a landslide pile surrounded by flood water blocking a mountain highway

A landslide blocks Highway 92 West in San Mateo County, California, December 31, 2022.Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu agency via Getty Images

Oakland recorded the wettest day on record on Saturday, and San Francisco narrowly missed the record. Footage by John Shrable, a meteorologist for local news station KRON4, shows significant flooding in the city:

The Oakland Zoo was closed Sunday after a rain-flooded culvert collapsed underground and opened a sinkhole.

Flood waters continued to cause problems after the rains stopped, stranding people and incapacitating businesses.

Atmospheric rivers may shed more and more rain as global temperatures rise, as the warmer atmosphere traps more moisture. This increases the risk of severe flooding like this (or worse) in the future, scientists warn.

Levee breaches, boat and helicopter rescues, and two fatalities in Sacramento County

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An aerial view of storm damage that caused a levee to break, flooding Sacramento County roads near Wilton, California, January 1, 2023.Fred Greaves/Reuters

Flood waters breached levees in the Sacramento Valley on Sunday, prompting evacuation orders – followed by orders to shelter in place – and flooding Highway 99, a major thoroughfare that crosses the Central Valley.

Rescue operations are underway across the region. One person was found dead in a submerged vehicle Sunday morning, FOX40 News reports. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, another person died after being pulled from the water.

In Elk Grove, the fire department used a boat to rescue people from a temporary island created by flooding, sharing the photo below on Saturday.

Elsewhere, a person was rescued by helicopter after flood waters had trapped him by a tree.

San Francisco is flooded and Tahoe is snowed in

The San Francisco restaurant’s Instagram page for Rintaro shared a video of its facilities flooded with standing water.

A San Francisco resident shared a video of the massive mudslide on Twitter, saying it passed through the Bernal Heights neighborhood on Saturday.

Another video shows muddy flood waters rushing down a residential street.

In Tahoe, an atmospheric river dumped snow on roadways, causing some motorists to stall and prompting authorities to close major roads.

Nearby, huge boulders rolled onto Highway 50 during the storm. The California Department of Transportation said it would have to blow them up.

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