Here Comes The Rain Again, Cue The Flash Floods And Mudslides

California constantly and in all things alternates between boom and bust.  Among the natural boom and bust cycles are weather related phenomenon such as wild fire and drought / flooding.  Previous generations of California Politicians were keenly aware of this and took active measures (flood controls, water storage and distribution, controlled burns) to minimize the human impact of these mostly unpredictable occurrences.

Then they stopped doing these things.  As a third generation native of the once Golden State I blame this largely on the massive influx of what I refer to as “damn furriners” (emigres from the other 49 states), and the influence of the Sierra Club and other “environmentalists.

The state is currently bracing for a double whammy, as large storms which are expected to dump flood levels of rain close in on areas damaged by wild fires earlier in the season.

 

Evacuations Ordered for Southern California Burn Scar Areas Ahead of Expected Rainfall

By Jonathan Belles, weather.com

Parts of Santa Barbara County recently affected by wildfires are now under evacuation orders because of the rain.

With fears that burn scar areas could see large mudslides during the first rain event since a series of wildfires devastated the landscape in the fall months, authorities have issued mandatory evacuations for vulnerable locations of the Thomas Fire and Whittier Fire burn scars, according to the Los Angeles Times. Voluntary evacuations have been issued for several other areas.

Residents under mandatory evacuations should leave their homes by noon local time Monday, NBC Los Angeles reported.

 

The headline is somewhat misleading.  Southern California is not the only portion of the state which recently endured massive wildfires, the Sonoma and Napa Areas of Nothern California did so as well late last year as well, and even heavier rains are expected there.  In addition, counties along the Southern Crest of the Sierra Nevada Mountains are also bracing for flash flood conditions

Burn scars from the Sherpa and Rey fires were also being monitored closely for mudslides, and evacuations were also issued for areas nearby, the L.A. Times added.

The Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara County, which was sparked Dec. 4, has burned more than 440 square miles and is the largest wildfire in state history. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Burn scars are especially susceptible to mudslides because wildfires can burn away all vegetation that holds back the land, leaving no defense against heavy rain.

 

Like California’s better known propensity for earthquakes, such wild fires and floods are neither new nor un-expected.  The state just fails to adequately act to mitigate and prepare for them.  Seismic preperations, which are paid by the property owners of the state, are much better mitigated if no better prepared for by our miserably incompetent leftist dominated political class.

This has all happened before, and our broken and corrupt politicians continue to refuse to learn the lessons of history.

The state should really make the goose the state bird, as it wakes up in a new universe every day.

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  • Retired military

    You have to expect mud when dirt gets wet. That is what happens when you have global warming – Al Gore.

    • Worse than that. Ash traps moisture, and grass roots are destroyed by the fire. Even heavy rains can be withstood if grasses and underbrush are intact or only scorched…

  • Wild_Willie

    You live in a very perplexing state my friend. You citizenry is falling. Debt is off the charts. Hollywood is fizzling. Special Interests are running the government and what does your governor focus on? Buying and installing Sanctuary State signs. A beautiful state but in chaos.

    • I have indeed noticed.

      • But you’ve got the foundations for HSR, man! That’s INCREDIBLE!11!

        (That’s assuming you actually get the thing built. I’d hate to see the odds in Vegas on whether it actually has a chance to be operational, even over a short run – and the chance it’ll actually pay back the cost of building is laughably low.)

        • Ah yes, the train from and to nowhere. Close cousin of the Urban Planner’s desire named streetcar.

          • But they offer sooo much opportunity for graft and featherbedding!

            (Not to mention how they totally screw up auto traffic, which they seem to hate anyway…)

          • How else is a leftard to make money?

  • And sure enough…

    Heavy Rain Pummels California, Triggering Debris Flows From Recent Wildfire Burn Areas

    The heaviest rain California’s L.A. Basin has seen since last February, has triggered mudslides, rockslides, and debris flows over areas recently charred by destructive wildfires.

    Parts of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, near the Thomas fire burn area were particularly hard hit Tuesday morning. Up to waist-high mud flowed into parts of Montecito, California, according to Santa Barbara County fire spokesman Mike Eliason.

    Early Tuesday morning, rain rates of up to 1.5 inches per hour were recorded in the Thomas fire burn area, according to the National Weather Service. According to the Ventura County Watershed Protection District, parts of the Thomas fire burn area have picked up 4 to 6 inches of rain over the past 48 hours ending Tuesday morning.

    A section of highway 9 in the Santa Cruz Mountains north of Santa Cruz was shut down in both directions Monday night due to slides.

    Rock slides also shut down highway 1, the Pacific Coast Highway, south of Big Sur at mile marker 42, according to Caltrans. Last winter, a massive landslide buried the PCH at Mud Creek, cutting off southern access to Big Sur.

    Some flooding was reported on several Bay Area freeway stretches, including westbound Interstate 80 at MacDonald in Berkeley, Interstate 680 southbound in Lafayette and at the Livorna Road offramp, Interstate 280 southbound at the 10th Street offramp, and U.S. 101 northbound at the Cesar Chavez Street offramp.

    Over 3 inches of rain fell Monday in San Francisco, making it the wettest calendar day since Dec. 11, 2014.

    I’ll note for the record that the Santa Cruz mountains are infamous for heavy rains, mudslides, and road closures. It’s the closest thing California has to a temperate rain forrest.