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Coming right down the chute at Oroville Dam spillway

It may look as if the drought is over, but for some in Porterville it is ever present 2:30

It may look as if the drought is over, but for some in Porterville it is ever present

State officials travel by boat to tour Temperance Flat dam project site 1:50

State officials travel by boat to tour Temperance Flat dam project site

This Bay area activist says safe, affordable drinking water is a rural community's right 1:01

This Bay area activist says safe, affordable drinking water is a rural community's right

Black Hawk helicopter aids in flooding relief 0:55

Black Hawk helicopter aids in flooding relief

Aerial view of flooding at Kings River Golf & Country Club 6:38

Aerial view of flooding at Kings River Golf & Country Club

A beautiful sight thanks to melting snow 1:39

A beautiful sight thanks to melting snow

'We're just trying to save homes' from the rising Kings River 0:43

'We're just trying to save homes' from the rising Kings River

California's rise from the drought as told through satellite images 1:42

California's rise from the drought as told through satellite images

What is an atmospheric river?

Atmospheric rivers have a significant impact the U.S. west coast. Snow, rain and flooding due to the weather phenomenon can cause major damage to property.
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