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As the rains dwindle in California, many see the damage increasing


More than 37,000 homes and businesses across the state were without power Saturday afternoon, including more than 28,000 in Monterey County, according to PowerOutage.us.

Governor Gavin Newsom declared 34 of California’s 58 counties to be in a state of emergency. Since the storm system set in Thursday afternoon, eight to nine inches of rain has fallen in the high elevations of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the National Weather Service said.

In parts of the state that escaped the height of the storm, some residents were still trying to get back to normal life.

In San Bernardino County, east of Los Angeles, where many mountain dwellers had been trapped in their homes for more than a week by snowdrifts up to 12 feet high, some people went about their business on Saturday as officials reported that all of the county-maintained roads – totaling 516 miles – had been maintained, with crews working to create second lanes.

A San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department public information officer said no new deaths have been reported and no coroner’s findings have been released. The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office said Thursday there were 13 deaths during the storm, but it had so far determined only one was directly related to it.

About 3,000 students in the Rim of the World Unified School District, which serves 17 communities in the San Bernardino Mountains, have not been in class for two weeks because of the weather, but the district superintendent said Saturday that she was hoping they would be able to come back Thursday or Friday.

Before that, however, more waves of precipitation are on the way. Another atmospheric river – a storm named for its long, narrow shape and the immense amount of water it carries – is forecast for Monday afternoon and is expected to last around 24 hours, leaving insufficient ground time and to the river system to mop up all the water before soaking again. The storm will bring more heavy rain, with heavy snowfall likely in the Sierra Nevada. Meteorologists say it will be the 11th atmospheric river in California this winter.

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