By Patrick Porgans
Although, California and the Pacific Northwest have been battered by a series of winter storm systems, the Golden State’s major flood control systems are holding steady. No need for Noah to get the Ark out yet.
According to the National Weather Service, more storms are on the way. The good news is that they are colder storms, meaning lower snow levels in the Sierra and a reduction of sudden runoff from warmer storms which can cause severe flooding.
Many mainstream news media outlets, print and electronic, have been painting current weather conditions as much more serious that they are, either to hype ratings or subscriptions or because the modern 24-hour news cycle demands that virtually all “news” be blown out of proportion to hold public attention.
In my recent conversations with flood control experts at the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), they assure me the state’s flood control system is functioning as designed and “dam operators” up and down the state are running the integrated flood control system by the “book.” This was confirmed by an online perusal of the government internet sites where this information is posted. Read more....