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The Feather River rages underneath the Blairsden-Graeagle bridge as residents in low-lying areas nearby ready their sandbags. Photo by Lauren Westmoreland

Eastern Plumas braces for flooding in low-lying areas along swollen Feather River

By Lauren Westmoreland

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After weeks of being buried in snow, Eastern Plumas County residents are now readying themselves for increased flood risk as the Feather River takes on water in the latest rainstorms.

The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office released an evacuation warning on the morning of Tuesday, March 14 asking residents along the river and low-lying areas near the river to prepare to evacuate to higher ground. Areas under risk run along the river from Beckwourth to Sloat. All are asked to remain mindful of their surroundings as the warning remains in effect, as well as remaining aware of proximity to potentially flooded areas.


The river spills over the banks and reaches up through the snow behind the Portola Veteran’s Hall on Tuesday, March 14. Photo by Lauren Westmoreland
The water in the Feather River is level with the banks on the afternoon of Tuesday, March 14 in the City of Portola, leaving many near the river to monitor rising levels and prepare sandbags. Photo by Lauren Westmoreland
The bridge on A23 in Beckwourth overlooks fast-moving, bubbling water as a combination of snow runoff and rain swells the Feather River. Photo by Lauren Westmoreland
The bridge on Mohawk Hwy. 40A near Johnsville rumbles with the deep water of the Feather River rushing by. Photo by Lauren Westmoreland

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