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Latest 'supersoaker' storm batters Northern California

Northern California was slammed Sunday by the latest in a series of "supersoaker" storms, with thousands losing power and localized flooding reported over a large swath of the region.

Flash-flood warnings were in affect for several counties, and officials warned of rockslides and mudslides in areas hit by recent wildfires.

Residents in the small town of Truckee near Lake Tahoe were bracing for major flooding and possible evacuations.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Truckee River near the town of about 16,000 from late Saturday night into Monday morning. Forecasters said the river will crest its banks at around 5 feet by early Sunday morning; the river is predicted to continue to rise to 8 feet by the end of the day. That could cause widespread damage to roads, bridges and homes along the river between Squaw Creek and Truckee.

The last time the town faced a similar flood was in December 1955, forecasters said.

The threat of flooding prompted city and county officials to organize evacuation plans.

Officials have set up an evacuation center at the administration building of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, according to the Truckee Police Department.

The center will stay open as long as needed, authorities said, and the Red Cross will provide updated storm information and supplies.

Updates on the evacuation center can be obtained by calling (855) 212-1866.

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