Editor’s Note: This updated version reflects the current figures for road repairs and cost breakdown from winter storms as of May 11, 2017, according to Caltrans. The original story was published on March 15, 2017.
Relentless winter storms caused flooding, threats of levee breaches and severe weather across California throughout January and February. While precipitation was much needed after six-plus years of drought, the endless amount of rain and snow in such a short timeframe created public safety concerns.
Most of the wet weather was triggered by atmospheric river storms – waves of moisture that move north from tropical areas and over the West Coast. Recovery from the storms is ongoing and will be a long-term process.
Among the concerns from the storm fallout is significant road damage, specifically in the Sierras. Caltrans District 3, which … continue reading »