1 person found dead in flooded car as California County faces major flooding

A person was found dead in their vehicle in California on Sunday morning as a winter storm brought flooding and heavy snowfall to the state, a Sacramento Metro Fire spokesperson confirmed to ABC News.

A Sacramento Metro Fire spokesperson confirmed that the deceased was recovered from his flooded vehicle in the southernmost part of Sacramento County near the town of Elk Grove.

The identity and cause of death of the deceased have not been confirmed pending a coroner’s review, according to Sacramento Metro Fire.

The Sacramento National Weather Service has issued flash flood warnings for the area, urging drivers to stay off the road.

A levee breach in multiple locations caused the flooding in the area, Parker Wilbourn, Sacramento Metro Fire Captain and public information officer, told ABC News.

The Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services ordered Wilton residents to shelter in place earlier Saturday afternoon.

Traffic crosses flooded lanes on the 101 freeway in southern San Francisco, California, December 31, 2022.

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“Rising waters have made roads impassable in the area,” the office said in a notice.

According to Caltrans District 3, which operates the state highway system in 11 northern California counties, a highway near Elk Grove was closed due to flooding from the Cosumnes River.

According to NWS Sacramento, two more storms are expected next week in northern California, with the second storm expected Wednesday and Thursday, possibly causing flooding in the area.

More than 5 inches of rain fell in downtown San Francisco on Saturday, setting a new daily record, the National Weather Service for the San Francisco Bay Area said.

The west coast is hit by an atmospheric river, which typically brings heavy rain, wind and snow to the areas it passes through, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

NOAA describes atmospheric rivers as “rivers in the sky” because they are somewhat long and narrow regions of the atmosphere that send most water vapor out of the tropics.

ABC News’ Meredith Deliso contributed to this report.

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