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California has received a flood warning for parts of the Central Valley in Oroville since Tuesday morning, but the federal government is not monitoring the situation much at this point. The federal government said it does not expect the drought conditions to continue for a long stretch of time, as much as a week.
But the National Weather Service issued a flood warning for parts of the central region after the river rose more than 7 feet at Oroville after being above record water levels in a series of strong storms on Wednesday morning.
The highest water mark was 11 feet.
Officials also issued flooding alerts for parts of California near Los Angeles, according to the National Weather Service.
In Oroville on Wednesday, a huge portion of Oroville Dam burst into flames when the emergency spillway collapsed, sending 3 feet of water surging into the reservoir. As of late Thursday, the fire and spillway had been extinguished.
California Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday he wanted the Army Corps of Engineers to give the local sheriff more authority to control runoff into the floodwaters, but it also appeared that the sheriff didn't have the authority.
Brown said Wednesday night that the state would be "taking an active role" in the decision-making process.
The Associated Press reported Thursday that a federal judge in Fresno has dismissed a lawsuit filed by 11 people who have claimed damages from the emergency spillway failures.
California is bracing for a long period of time without rain and a much drier weather outlook.
Fishermen had not ye
Weather build up looms over the island from west to east. On the north-east flank of the island, a ridge of rain is coming. Winds gusting to 60 km/h (35 mph) are also approaching, and the cloud tops will rise well over the island by Friday evening. The storm is expected to reach a speed of up to 110 km/h (60 mph) by Sunday morning and will strengthen and spread in its vicinity. Rain totals could reach as high as 15 inches (45.6 cm).