The next major flooding risk in California is expected to hit next spring, a state agency said Tuesday, as California braces for more severe flooding.
The California Coastal Commission, the state’s water agency, issued a report on the state of California, noting that flooding could hit later this year.
The report also said the state is on track to have more rain in the spring and summer than any other year since records began in 1850.
The forecast is for “extremely high” rainfall this year, said Kevin Buehler, a member of the commission and a former state engineer.
He noted that California’s coastal wetlands were hit especially hard by record flooding in 2014, with an estimated $2 billion worth of damage.
“It’s not a new year, it’s just the new normal for California,” Buehl said in a telephone interview.
The commission has been tasked with evaluating a number of environmental, economic and political risks, including drought, storm surges and rising sea levels, Buehlen said.
“We are taking the next year as a test of our ability to deal with these risks.”
The report comes as a wave of California wildfires has prompted California Gov.
Jerry Brown to issue a declaration of a state of emergency.
Brown has said he will ask Congress to set up a federal emergency fund for California and has said it could be used to pay for flood mitigation measures.
California Gov., Jerry Brown, speaks during a press conference in Sacramento, Calif., on Sept. 16, 2019.
(Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)California has a relatively small number of wildfires compared to other states, but the region has seen a lot of heavy rain this winter, including a record-breaking six-day fire season on Jan. 6, according to the National Weather Service.
The agency is monitoring the state, including monitoring the fires, for signs of drought.
The state has been grappling with record wildfires, but fires have decreased in recent years, Buesler said.
The last time the state had a drought was in 2003, when a record 788,000 acres burned, according the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
A state of drought is when water levels in the state are lower than usual.
Buel said that California has a long way to go to meet a goal of achieving the lowest average annual rainfall in at least 40 years.
California has been hit hard by a drought last year.
More than 40% of California’s land area was under an “extreme drought” this year compared to 22% in 2007, according a report from the University of California at Davis.
California’s drought was the worst in at most 40 years, and it was the second-worst in at worst for a decade, according data from the state climatologist.
California saw nearly two inches of rain fall on average this year and has been receiving more rain than any year since 1948.
California is also in a major drought, with a record amount of precipitation falling.
California experienced its second-largest snowpack record on record in November, the third-largest on record and the second largest for a state.
More:California is expected in the summer of 2019 to experience another record-low rainfall for a period of time.