This time 20 years ago, 1996 ended with great snow pack in the higher elevations of California; but that changed with the New Year. January of 1997, rain was not turning to snow like during the weeks prior, and existing snow pack was melting. That led to record flooding from NorCal to SoCal, which destroyed homes, took lives and caused more than $2 billion in property damage. It was also a tough reminder that each of us needs to prepare ourselves for the time when floodwaters come lapping at our own doorsteps. There are countless ways to do that, and Cal OES has resources dedicated to that topic below. Meanwhile, click the link to watch the video KCRA-TV in Sacramento put together of the devastating floods year of 1997. It’s an excellent retrospective, an overall picture of what happened, and might make you think about what you can do to reduce your chances of becoming a victim without a fight.
Pre-Disaster & Flood Mitigation
Individuals & Families