Wet winter eases California drought, giving way to spring flood risks

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By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The mixed blessing of California’s exceptionally wet winter is likely to play out this spring with somewhat heightened flood risks in a state left largely drought free for the first time in three years, U.S. government forecasters reported on Thursday. The higher odds of minor to moderate flooding across most of California from rain and runoff of melting mountain snow this spring is roughly in line with forecasts for much of the U.S., according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It also illustrates a dramatic swing in weather …

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