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We have a Flood Watch tonight in Lake and Mendocino Counties from 7pm through Thursday morning with forecasters saying we could get 2 to 4 inches of rain tonight, which could mean standing water on low-lying roads and an increased potential for mudslides.

The impending series of heavy rainstorms from tonight through next week has officials hurrying to lower the water level at Lake Oroville as much as possible to avoid taxing the temporary repairs to it’s emergency spillway. The acting head of the California Department of Water Resources Board says the main spillway has been stable over the past four days and is handling a large flow of draining water and he says the reservoir has been draining fast enough to handle the coming storms. But officials are warning the nearly 200,000 residents who have returned to their homes since last Sunday’s evacuation to stay vigilant, with Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea saying “there is the prospect that we could issue another evacuation order.” Honea says the National Guard is coming in to stand by for whatever help may be needed.

President Trump has signed a disaster declaration to help California counties affected by the storms, flooding, and mudslides between January 3 and 12. FEMA says federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state to supplement recovery efforts for eligible local governments, tribes and certain private nonprofits for emergency work, repair and rebuilding in several counties including Lake, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma.

No suspect yet in Tuesday’s false bomb threat that evacuated Cappella Elementary School. Redwood Valley-Calpella Fire Fighters and the Mendocino County deputies went to the school around 930am after the bomb threat was left on the voicemail of the school’s cafeteria. The Ukiah Unified School District reports staff checking the voicemail heard a message from a male voice saying there was a bomb, “under the restaurant”. The district superintendent says the students were taken to a safe location until the all clear was given. No explosives were found.

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