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Modesto area could get localized flooding, advisory says. Here's where and when

The Modesto Bee logoThe Modesto Bee 10/23/2021 John Holland, The Modesto Bee

Oct. 22—Localized flooding could hit Stanislaus County from late Saturday to Monday afternoon, the National Weather Service said Friday.

Forecasters warned of high flows on small streams and of flooded streets where storm drains are overtaxed. Dry Creek in Modesto usually has the highest risk of flooding because it has no dam.

The flood watch is from 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, to 5 p.m. Monday. It was issued amid a series of storms that could bring perhaps 4 inches of rain to Modesto and 30 inches of snow to the area's Sierra Nevada watersheds.

Widespread flooding will not happen because of plenty of empty space in major reservoirs in the area. This is due in part to drought and in part to releases for irrigation, which just ended.

Don Pedro on the Tuolumne River held 48% of its capacity and New Melones on the Stanislaus was at 34%, the California Department of Water Resources said Friday.

The storm series got off to a slow start, with only 0.11 inches of rain reported by the Modesto Irrigation District through Thursday.

That changed early Friday, with 0.48 inches recorded from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Most fell in a 0.35-inch deluge between 8 and 9 a.m.

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