The Latest: Rising creek leads 175 campers to evacuate

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Posted: Mar 13, 2016 4:49 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on California storms (all times local):

1:50 p.m.

Authorities say dozens of people are being evacuated from a campsite in Northern California because a creek is rising amid the fourth day of wet weather and threatening to trap the campers.

San Jose television station KNTV reports (http://bit.ly/1QWiaKV ) that fire crews and Santa Clara County sheriff's deputies went to the Thousand Trails campground in Morgan Hill on Sunday to help about 175 campers leave. There is a mandatory evacuation order after the Uvas Creek began to rise.

Officials say that water released from the Uvas dam led the creek's water level to rise. They say they're worried a bridge connecting the camp to a road could flood and trap the campers.

They are being taken to a fire station in Morgan Hill.

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12:10 p.m.

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.

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10:40 a.m.

Beachgoers are warned of powerful surf along the Central and Southern California coast.

The National Weather Service said Sunday that waves up to 8 feet will pound many beaches for most of the day.

A high surf advisory is in effect in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

Meanwhile a wind advisory has been issued for some coastal areas and in the mountains and high deserts.

A storm dumping rain in much of Northern California is expected to weaken as it moves south, though the southern part of the state could see scattered showers or drizzle.