MANTECA — A breach in a levee in south San Joaquin County that forced as many as 500 people from their homes was plugged Monday night. But the evacuation order was still in place Tuesday morning.
The breach occurred in a levee about two miles west of Airport Way and Perrin Road.
Residents in the area bordered by Woodward Avenue on the north, Union Road on the east to Avenue D and Airport Way were told to evacuate. A Red Cross shelter was set up at Lathrop Community Center at 15552 5th Street in Lathrop.
Roads in San Joaquin County have been closed because of localized flooding. Residents can stay up to date by checking the San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Service’s website.
In Stanislaus County, officials slowed the flow from Don Pedro dam’s spillway. The spillway was opened Monday. Water flowing down the Tuolumne River from the reservoir behind the dam was expected to reach Modesto early Tuesday afternoon and eventually will make its way into the San Joaquin River. That means more strain for the levees.
When the spillway was opened Monday afternoon, water was flowing at a rate of 18,000 cubic feet per second. That has since been slowed to 16,000 cfs, according to Turlock Irrigation District.
After several years of severe drought, the Valley is now seeing a very soggy winter. In Stanislaus County there has been 15.28 inches of precipitation, according to Modesto Irrigation district. About 1.23 inches of rain fell Monday alone.