Rain-Swollen Sacramento River Flows Over Barrier

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Water from the rain-swollen Sacramento River is spilling over a 33.5-foot-high concrete wall and into a bypass built to divert flood water.

NOAA hydrologist Robert Hartman said Sunday the overflow is expected to reach a depth of three feet on Tuesday then start receding.

It’s the first time water has spilled over the so-called Fremont Weir crest and into the Yolo bypass since 2012. The nearly 2-mile-long concrete wall is located about 8 miles northeast of Woodland.

The bypass is an expanse of farmland and natural habitat that stretches from Sacramento to Davis and was created a century ago.