Jan 11, 9:35 PM EST

Latest: Chopper touring flood area spots woman in distressA Kern County Sheriff's Office helicopter was flying grand jury members over areas affected by flooding when they spotted an elderly woman in distress and rescued herLatest: Chopper touring flood area spots woman in distressA Kern County Sheriff's Office helicopter was flying grand jury members over areas affected by flooding when they spotted an elderly woman in distress and rescued her

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Latest on winter storms in California and Nevada (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

A Kern County Sheriff's Office helicopter was flying grand jury members over areas affected by flooding when they spotted an elderly woman in distress and rescued her.

The office said Wednesday the Air-5 chopper was flying over a flooded area to assess damage Tuesday when they saw a pickup truck stuck in the middle of rushing flood waters along Caliente Creek Road near the town of Twin Oaks.

It says the Air-5 landed, and a deputy waded through knee-high water and carried the 85-year-old woman from the truck to safety.

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6 p.m.

Lorin Doeleman says so much water flooded her house in Northern California that she decided to kayak through it to survey the damage and rescue a treasured bottle of brandy.

Doeleman says that after the water rose to about 3