Biden to survey CA storm damage today, pilot killed in Modesto plane crash, New Zealand PM to step down

KCRA 3 is rounding up all the information you need to know to get a head start on your day.Here you’ll find what you missed overnight, what’s happening throughout the day, the forecast and how your commute is shaping up.You can also watch our morning newscasts live from 4-10 am here.WHAT’S HAPPENING IN NORCALHow did a relatively new pump system in a San Joaquin County community not drain the floodwaters? | As residents in the Acampo area of ​​San Joaquin County continue to deal with the massive flooding that has impacted homes and closed schools, there are questions about why the relatively new drainage system in the area did not remove the floodwaters. Fritz Buchman, director of the San Joaquin Public Works Department, told KCRA 3 that a nearly $2.5 million drainage and pump system – paid for with federal funding – was installed in 2019. Buchman said it was done in response to flooding in 2017. Read more here.Tree cleanup continues in Sacramento 3 weeks after series of fierce storms | City of Sacramento crews are still cleaning up tree debris left behind from the series of storms that began on New Year’s Eve. This week, they are focusing on the trees that fell and did not damage any property, like homes or cars or trees that blocked sidewalks or streets or fell on power lines. Crews prioritized the clean-up to remove the hazards first. Read more here.Sierra-at-Tahoe prepares for weekend skiers after back-to-back storms | Sierra ski resorts are preparing for the weekend now that there is expected to be a break in the snow after back-to-back storms, making for easy travel conditions for skiers and snowboarders to get to their destination of choice. Read more here.Pilot killed in small plane crash near Modesto Airport, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office says | A man died after a small plane crashed in a field near the Modesto Airport on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office. This happened just after 1 pm in a field east of the airport beside the northbound lanes of Mitchell Road. Multiple emergency crews rushed on site trying to piece together what had happened. Read more here. Were you told you owe taxes on California relief payments? Here’s what to do about it | Have you received a letter in the mail stating you owe taxes on your Middle Class Tax Refund even though you have yet to actually receive the refund money? You’re not the only one. Read more here.WHAT’S HAPPENING ELSEWHEREDecision on criminal charges in fatal shooting by Alec Baldwin to be announced Thursday | A Santa Fe district attorney will announce Thursday whether charges will be brought in the fatal 2021 film-set shooting of a cinematographer by actor Alec Baldwin during a rehearsal of the Western “Rust.” Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said a decision will be announced Thursday morning in a statement and on social media, without public appearances by prosecutors. Read more here.British actor Julian Sands missing in Southern California mountains | Actor Julian Sands, star of several Oscar-nominated films including “A Room With a View,” has been missing for five days in the Southern California mountains, where he was hiking, authorities said Wednesday. Read more here.Zelenskyy ramps up pressure on Western allies to send tanks | Germany faced mounting pressure to supply battle tanks to Kyiv and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy aired frustration about not obtaining enough weaponry as Western allies conferred Thursday on how best to support Ukraine nearly 11 months into Russia’s invasion. Read more here.New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to step down | New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, whose empathetic handling of the nation’s worst mass-shooting and health-driven response to the coronavirus pandemic led her to become an international icon but who faced mounting criticism at home, said Thursday she was leaving office. Read more here. WHAT’S COMING UP TODAYPresident Joe Biden is set to survey California’s Central Coast in areas that have been devastated by severe weather. Read more here.Modesto Chamber of Commerce and city schools are partnering up today for a career exploration expo today from 9:30 am to 3 pm, with a community open house from 4 pm to 6 pm TODAY’S WEATHER OUTLOOKMeteorologist Tamara Berg says there were a Few isolated showers in Stanislaus County early Thursday morning, but the rest of the day is expected to stay dry across Northern California. Temperatures will be in the upper-40s around 11 am, before topping out in the low- to mid-50s by 3 pmREAL-TIME TRAFFIC MAP(App users, click here to see our interactive traffic map.)DOWNLOAD OUR APP FOR THE LATESTHere is where you can download our app.

KCRA 3 is rounding up all the information you need to know to get a head start on your day.

Here you’ll find what you missed overnight, what’s happening throughout the day, the forecast and how your commute is shaping up.

You can also watch our morning newscasts live from 4-10 am here.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN NORCAL

How did a relatively new pump system in a San Joaquin County community not drain the floodwaters? | As residents in the Acampo area of ​​San Joaquin County continue to deal with the massive flooding that has impacted homes and closed schools, there are questions about why the relatively new drainage system in the area did not remove the floodwaters. Fritz Buchman, director of the San Joaquin Public Works Department, told KCRA 3 that a nearly $2.5 million drainage and pump system – paid for with federal funding – was installed in 2019. Buchman said it was done in response to flooding in 2017. Read more here.

Tree cleanup continues in Sacramento 3 weeks after series of fierce storms | City of Sacramento crews are still cleaning up tree debris left behind from the series of storms that began on New Year’s Eve. This week, they are focusing on the trees that fell and did not damage any property, like homes or cars or trees that blocked sidewalks or streets or fell on power lines. Crews prioritized the clean-up to remove the hazards first. Read more here.

Sierra-at-Tahoe prepares for weekend skiers after back-to-back storms | Sierra ski resorts are preparing for the weekend now that there is expected to be a break in the snow after back-to-back storms, making for easy travel conditions for skiers and snowboarders to get to their destination of choice. Read more here.

Pilot killed in small plane crash near Modesto Airport, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office says | A man died after a small plane crashed in a field near the Modesto Airport on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office. This happened just after 1 pm in a field east of the airport beside the northbound lanes of Mitchell Road. Multiple emergency crews rushed on site trying to piece together what had happened. Read more here.

Were you told you owe taxes on California relief payments? Here’s what to do about it | Have you received a letter in the mail stating you owe taxes on your Middle Class Tax Refund even though you have yet to actually receive the refund money? You’re not the only one. Read more here.

WHAT’S HAPPENING ELSEWHERE

Decision on criminal charges in fatal shooting by Alec Baldwin to be announced Thursday | A Santa Fe district attorney will announce Thursday whether charges will be brought in the fatal 2021 film-set shooting of a cinematographer by actor Alec Baldwin during a rehearsal of the Western “Rust.” Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said a decision will be announced Thursday morning in a statement and on social media, without public appearances by prosecutors. Read more here.

British actor Julian Sands missing in Southern California mountains | Actor Julian Sands, star of several Oscar-nominated films including “A Room With a View,” has been missing for five days in the Southern California mountains, where he was hiking, authorities said Wednesday. Read more here.

Zelenskyy ramps up pressure on Western allies to send tanks | Germany faced mounting pressure to supply battle tanks to Kyiv and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy aired frustration about not obtaining enough weaponry as Western allies conferred Thursday on how best to support Ukraine nearly 11 months into Russia’s invasion. Read more here.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to step down | New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, whose empathetic handling of the nation’s worst mass-shooting and health-driven response to the coronavirus pandemic led her to become an international icon but who faced mounting criticism at home, said Thursday she was leaving office. Read more here.

WHAT’S COMING UP TODAY

  • President Joe Biden is set to survey California’s Central Coast in areas that have been devastated by severe weather. Read more here.
  • Modesto Chamber of Commerce and city schools are partnering up today for a career exploration expo from 9:30 am to 3 pm, with a community open house from 4 pm to 6 pm

TODAY’S WEATHER OUTLOOK

Meteorologist Tamara Berg says there were a few isolated showers in Stanislaus County early Thursday morning, but the rest of the day is expected to stay dry across Northern California. Temperatures will be in the upper-40s around 11 am, before topping out in the low- to mid-50s by 3 pm

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