The Worst Floods in California’s History: Mapped
California has been home to a few devastating floods over the years. Here are a few of the worst ones.
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Heavy rains caused the L.A. river to jump its bank and flow into the ocean for the first time.
San Diego devestated by an El Niño hurricane. Damage would have totaled $630 million today.
45 days of rain destroyed 1/4th of the taxable land in California and bankrupted the state.
300,000 acres flooded in 1907 and 1909, leading to the creation of the San Joaquin River flood protection system.
400 homes destroyed in La Cañada, La Crescenta, Montrose and Tujunga.
Flooding devastated $79 million in land from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. 87 were killed.
Severe flooding in Yuba City killed 38 and required helicopter evacuation for 550.
Tsunami caused by an Alaskan earthquake caused $16 million in damage and left 14 dead.
Massive flooding killed 47, injured 161, and caused $300 million in damages.
Flooding caused 18 deaths and $350 million in damages.
Santa Cruz received 25 inches of rain in 36 hours. Severe flooding killed 36 and caused $1.2 billion in damages.
Napa and Feather River flooding killed 14 and caused $379 million in damages
New Year’s flooding killed 8 and caused $1.8 billion in losses, including 23,000 homes.