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California storm triggers crashes, fears in wildfire areas

California storm triggers crashes, fears in wildfire areas

By Paul Elias Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO Rain and snow falling across California have forced the closure of a major freeway, snarled commutes and triggered deadly wrecks on slick roads Wednesday as wildfire-ravished communities braced for dangerous mudslides and mountain residents faced a “potentially life-threatening” blizzard. A series of storms have hit this week, and the […]

Flooding in California as rain hits wildfire-burned areas

Flooding in California as rain hits wildfire-burned areas

By Phil Helsel . LOS ANGELES — Heavy rains that hit in an area scarred by the deadliest wildfire in recorded California history caused flooding that prompted evacuations of homes and shut down part of a highway on Thursday, officials said. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office issued an evacuation order for an area east of Chico, […]

Annual Storm Day training focuses on flood protection

Annual Storm Day training focuses on flood protection

Even in drought years, severe floods happen, and preparation helps save property and human lives. The Ventura County Public Works Agency (VCPWA) annual Storm Day disaster simulation drill on Oct. 19 will focus on preparation for flooding. The Storm Day drill will take place in advance of VCPWA’s Flood Preparation Week, which is scheduled for […]