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A little change in the course of the jet stream is aiming the el nino directly at California. Goliath, as it is affectionately known, is posed to dump several inches of rain on the Valley floor this week—and this could just be the beginning.

To help local residents prepare for what is expected to be a really wet winter, the city of Corcoran is providing sand bags to guard against flooding. Sand is available, along with the bags, at the city corporation yard beginning today (Thursday). Residents must bring their own shovels and fill the bags themselves. The yard will be open between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The sand pile will be located just east of the large shop at the corporation yard, located at 750 North Ave.

This is the same site residents can take their Christmas trees for free dumping, through Jan. 15. There is a bin in place in which to put the trees.

During the first three months of the rainfall year, which officially started in October of 2015, Corcoran has received 3.41 inches of rain, putting the area on pace for a “normal” rainfall year. It has not been a drought-buster, but it certainly appears that could change.

Forecasters are expecting a very wet beginning to the new year, with this week no exception. Right now, storms are lined up off the California coast, with rain expected almost every day through Saturday. Substantial snow is also forecast for the Central Sierra, the local watershed.

Should the pattern continue—and long range forecasts call for plenty of precipitation through March,
Corcoran could well see an end of the drought—and possibly move into flood mode.

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