California Rainfall Triggers Flooding, Smashes Records
Heavy rain in southern California brought beneficial moisture to the drought-ravaged region, but it also brought flash flooding and numerous reports of water rescues.
Over two inches (2.39″) was recorded in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, making it the second rainiest September day in recorded history. San Diego broke a daily rainfall record with at least 1.15″ as of Tuesday afternoon. On the positive side, Los Angeles Public Works said that they were able to capture enough rain to provide drinking water for 1,800 people for a full calendar year (73.3 million gallons).
On the negative side, however, the rain led to numerous reports of flash flooding in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange and San Diego Counties. More than 7,300 people were without power and at least 10 people were rescued from flooding in the Los Angeles area, the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday afternoon.
The remnant moisture from what was Hurricane Linda is triggering the unseasonably heavy rainfall. Southern California’s rainy season typically begins in late October and runs through March.
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For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi