TODAY   |  December 03, 2012

Super-soaker storms flood Pacific Northwest

Much of California was hammered with its third round of wicked winter weather in just five days, with flash flooding and power outages crippling several parts of the state. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.

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>> let us begin with those relentless storms out west. nbc's miguel almaguer is in truckee, california . miguel , good morning to you.

>> reporter: matt, good morning to you. what a close call here along the river. like in so many communities around california , the big concern with this latest storm was weather and flooding. this river runs for 121 miles and threatened homes in both california and nevada , but today so many locals are breathing a huge sigh of relief. this morning the truckee river rages. at its crest in some areas rising above flood level. the threat so y severe the county declared a state of emergency . but today not enough rain and water to trigger widespread damage. most homes here sit just above the surging rapids.

>> we dodged a bullet, and we're really happy about that.

>> reporter: carolyn watched the river crest to within feet of her home. her family packed their bags just in case.

>> such a feeling of relief that we didn't lose our deck. we don't have debris sitting in our front door, and that we don't have three feet of water inside the house.

>> i can't believe how much rain we got in such a short period of time.

>> reporter: across california , the golden state was hammered with its third round of wicked winter weather in just five days. flash flooding shut down roads and businesses. across the state downed trees and toppled utility poles knocked out power to 620,000 people. near sacramento, a 93-year-old blind woman was rescued by her grandson when this mobile park flooded.

>> i'm doing fine. it's these four guys had to haul me out of here.

>> reporter: at higher elevations a steady downtower turn turned to a blanket of snow and along the truckee river the winter blast a good sight.

>> the moisture that's in the snow stays on the ground and does not flow into the river.

>> reporter: this morning a mountain community relieved as much of the state dries out and cleans up. even with better weather conditions forecasted at least for the next several hours, washo county remains in a state of emergency . when the sun comes up here, they will try to survey the damage, but they are already preparing for the next storm. matt?

>> miguel almaguer out in truckee, california . thank you very much.