The state of California has been hit hard by recent rain storms, resulting in an estimated $30 billion in damages. The storms have caused flooding and landslides, damaging homes and infrastructure. Many communities have been left to pick up the pieces and assess the damage.
According to Bloomberg, California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in several counties affected by the storms, stating that “The damage to communities, homes, and infrastructure is significant and must be addressed immediately.”
The heavy rain has also put a strain on California’s flood control systems. ABC 7 News reported that some dams were at risk of overflowing, causing concern among residents and officials. In response, the state has announced plans to bolster flood protections in the future.
“We are struggling with these storms,” said Mark Pestrella, the Los Angeles County Public Works director. “We need to take a hard look at how we can improve our flood protection systems.”
The Los Angeles Times also reported on the vulnerability of the county’s flood control dams, stating that “The potential failure of any one of these dams could result in a catastrophic loss of life and property.”
It’s clear that the recent storms in California have caused significant damage and highlighted the need for improved flood protections. The state is taking steps to address these issues, but it will be a long road to recovery for many communities. As Governor Newsom said, “We must work together to support those affected and rebuild stronger and more resilient communities.
“California Storm Losses Estimated at More Than $30 Billion” — Bloomberg News
“January Storms Leave L.A. County Flood-Control Dams at Risk of Overflowing” — Los Angeles Times
“How to Find a Contractor to Fix Storm Damage” — ABC 7 News
“Struggling With Storms, California Plans to Bolster Flood Protections” — Engineering News-Record