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Severe Weather Seals Off California Town

December 27, 2010 by  

Severe Weather Seals Off California TownLast week’s severe weather in California caused a lot of damage to property and inconvenience to residents, and one town learned the importance of being prepared for a disaster.

The 800 residents of the town of Green Valley Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains became sealed off from the surrounding area after flood waters rose and rock slides covered roadways. Both roads in and out of the community, California Highways 330 and 18, were closed Dec. 22, according the Los Angeles Times.

The newspaper reported that on Dec. 23 the local store was out of milk, but a local malt shop had a stock of chicken nuggets available.

Other areas of the country were hit with flooding or large snow storms as the weather system moved east, causing hardships for travelers and power outages. The intense weather was caused by a powerful, cold storm from the Gulf of Alaska that collided with a river of subtropical moisture from the western Pacific, according to the news source.

Severe weather, earthquakes or other natural disasters, as well as accidents and terrorist attacks are all capable of shutting down the power grid or sealing communities off from rescuers. That’s why having at least a three-day supply of food and water set aside for emergencies is so important.

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  • ONTIME

    The state of Ca. has no money for levee repair, in the near future look to see the levees and dams in NorCal come under tremendous strain and fail because of lack of maintenance….lots more of the infrastrucure is under the very same insufficient programs and there is no thieving state politician who will ever tell you the truth about what is in store….should these levees fail LA can kiss it’s water fresh water supply off, agriculture will all but dry up and Cal will once again become dessert.

    • Capt. Sacto

      the levees in Nothern Cal, certain levee areas keep the river all the time and the rest is only used for flood control during the winter.
      if a levee failed during the winter it would cause local flooding to that area until it was repaired.
      if a levee failed where it keeps in the river then it would cause flooding in that local area until it was repaired. in either situation it would not cause any harm to LAs water, unless the water that came from up stream would slow or stop, then the water that LA got would becomes more of saline water. Sea Water would then rush inland and then LA would have to use desalination system to drink the water.

      as for the AG end of it LAs water grabbing, it has already hurt the farmers reguiring them to pay more for water use and some have scaled back growing produce. they might as well grow cactus to make Taquila.

  • chuckb

    just call meals on wheels, barry will take care of you.

  • FlaJim

    The global warming crowd who never want to allow a a disaster to go to waste are surely concocting some sort of goofy explanation for this that fits into their junk science. It’ll require tax dollars, of course.

  • http://hehowarner@gmail.com Howard Warner

    The strict gun laws of California will be their worst enemy when the looters and burglars come calling.

    • LTC (Rt) Ray Burke

      One positive aspect of California’s draconian gun laws. They serve to prevent their politicos from shooting themselves in the foot.

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