UPDATE: Winter Storm Drenches California; Streets Flooded, Homes Damaged

January 2, 2006

The winter’s first major storm in California hit the Golden State over the weekend with a one-two punch, leaving streets flooded and homes and businesses damaged or destroyed.

As skies began to clear some in Northern California on Monday, folks in Southern California were looking at another day of soggy conditions and potential for flooding. Authorities were concerned in the southern part of the state for possible flooding and mudslides in areas burned out last year by wildfires.

Weather officials said the potential was there for accumulations up to 4 inches in the coastal valleys and 6 inches in the mountains of Southern California.

In Northern California near Guerneville, residents attempted to salvage what they could on Monday as some trailer parks and farms were submerged following several days of heavy rain. Flooding and mudslides hampered some of those efforts. The California National Guard was deployed to help residents trying to navigate through the flooded areas.

The rains have been blamed for at least two deaths in the state as two lives were lost due to falling trees.

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