California braces for more flooding as snow rapidly melts

12-03-2023 09:49 AM

Ammon News - At least two people have died in California after melting snow in the rocky mountains and rain caused flash flooding and burst the levee of a river.

The coastal area of Monterey county was inundated after the Pajaro river overflowed, leading authorities to call for the area to be evacuated.

Millions of people across the state are on alert for flooding due to recent heavy rain, in addition to the rapidly melting snow.

Parts of the state have been hit by a weather phenomenon known as an atmospheric river, a large plume of warm water vapour that can stretch for hundreds of kilometres and cause prolonged rainfall.

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