The floodwaters of El Nino in 1997 were devastating as the storms sent huge swaths of the Central Valley underwater, destroying crops and farmlands, sending homes underwater and, for awhile, leaving 115,000 Northern Californians out of their homes.
A huge mudslide on Highway 50 in the burn scar of the Cleveland Fire blocked the highway and it took a month to repair damage before the highway could be reopened.
A massive levee break sent the community of Olivehurst underwater in Yuba County.
American River Flood Control District general manager Tim Kerr agrees.
"I haven't seen any predictions of that much rain or any type of rain event that might melt the snowpack," Kerr said.
This year, experts believe, El Nino is spacing things out, leaving flood managers a challenging, but not impossible job of balancing all the water.
"It's great to see that, hopefully, we'll be going into this spring and summer with the water we need here in California," Kerr said.
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