1,500 CA homes damaged

As officials continue assessments in drenched California, they say Napa and Guerneville bore the brunt of weekend flood damage.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | January 3, 2006


As officials continue assessments in drenched California, they say Napa and Guerneville bore the brunt of weekend flood damage. Some 1,500 residences and 100 businesses have been affected by floodwaters, though assessments have not yet shown the severity of this damage.

California declared a state of emergency for seven storm-impacted northern California counties, including Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Napa, Sacramento, Sonoma and Trinity.

In Vacaville, Calif., at least some residents are wondering why there are repeat floods. In addition to this most recent flooding, there was flood damage in that community in 2003, 1986 and 1981.

Community advocates are pushing city government officials to do a better job of clearing creeks, maintaining creek banks, and cleaning storm drains.

The storm moved from northern California into the southern part of the state, which had less significant damage.

Meanwhile, in Nevada, a flood warning remained in effect through Tuesday morning for portions of the Carson River. In that state, about 150 homes were damaged by flooding in five counties - Carson, Douglas, Lyon, Storey and Washoe. Nearly all of evacuation notices issued for 400 homes have been lifted as rivers recede.


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