Flooding at encampments | North State power outages | Newsom takes oath of office
The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Friday, Jan. 6.
Unhoused residents call for more aid to protect campgrounds
Unhoused residents in Chico used a slight break in the rain Wednesday afternoon to try to fortify their encampments from flooding. The city of Chico’s public works department provides sand to the public to help provide a barrier from flooding, but anyone who needs sandbags must purchase their own and fill them up themselves. This makes getting sandbags for flood protection a challenge for many unhoused residents.
— Alec Stutson, NSPR
Thousands in the North State lose power during winter storm
More than 8,000 customers in the North State lost power during this week’s storm, according to Pacific Gas & Electric. Many have since had power restored, but some living in Butte County ridge communities were still in the dark as of this morning. PG&E spokesperson Paul Moreno said conditions on the ground have made it difficult for crews to get into affected areas to survey and repair damages. Another major storm is forecast to hit the region this weekend, and the utility expects more outages, which could last for several days or more.
— Ken Devol, NSPR
Gov. Newsom to take oath of office for second term
Gov. Gavin Newsom will take the oath of office today outside the State Capitol in downtown Sacramento. The governor insists he’s not going to run for president next year and that he’ll serve all four years of his governorship. Political strategists say Newsom’s presidential prospects depend on his performance this term, which will be his last in the governor’s office because of term limits.
— CapRadio Staff
Forecast shows break in the weather ahead of rainy weekend
Forecasters say Northern California should see a break in the wet weather today before more rain, snow and gusty winds return Saturday into Sunday. Another system is expected to arrive Monday into Tuesday. In the past week, the Sacramento Valley has received between 2.5 and 5 inches of rain.
— CapRadio Staff
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In case you missed it
- Chico’s unhoused residents left with few shelter options — NSPR
- Officials warn against non-essential travel after emergency declaration — CapRadio
- Interview: Deadly flooding highlights need for upgraded infrastructure — CapRadio
- Storm poses risk for mudslides in burn scars — NSPR
- Snowpack survey shows promising results — NSPR
- Pacific Gas & Electic prepares for possible outages — NSPR
- Interview: State climatologist shares perspective on recent storms — CapRadio
- More than twenty apartments damaged in earthquake aftershock in Rio Dell — NSPR
- Butte County residents worry fire station closures could affect insurance rates — NSPR
- Ending the ‘school-to-prison pipeline’ — CapRadio