One of the Bay Area’s last storms of the winter is expected Wednesday, with rainfall likely beginning this morning and continuing into the evening. “The rain will enter the North Bay early this morning and slowly push southward for the day,” said Brian Mejia, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
The state Department of Water Resources could have lost control of the spillway radial gates for days during the Oroville Dam crisis if crucial power lines had gone down, according to department officials. DWR leaders Cindy Messer and Joel Ledesma stated this Jan. 10 during a legislative oversight hearing on the dam at the State Capitol. This has since led some local groups to wonder why there was no backup power supply.