California Storms Cause $10 Million in Damage, More to Come

December 29, 2010

Californians who pay extra for flood insurance must be thanking their lucky stars this month, because even though temperatures have warmed up a bit, easing the rain and snow that have been drenching (and blanketing) the Golden State for a week, the National Weather Service was predicting yesterday that there was more to come.

Last week, California was deluged by heavy rains that, according to early estimates, have already racked up more than $10 million in damage, and resulted in a state of emergency being declared in eleven counties, including Los Angeles, Orange, and Santa Barbara. 70 homes were damaged by the rains and five more were destroyed, in Highland, and so far there have been two deaths because of cars falling into waterways, as well as other storm-related traffic fatalities.

Meanwhile, there are other Western states also facing potential rain damage. In Hawaii, flash flood watches were issued through yesterday afternoon for Oahu, Kauai and Nihau, by the National Weather Service.