You've probably heard that California is currently being battered by major storms and intense flooding. Did you know 90% of the state is under flood watch?
A powerful storm is moving into Southern California after forcing thousands to the north to evacuate, prompting dozens of water rescues, causing widespread damage and bringing to 14 the tally of people killed in the state's recent relentless weather.
More than 11 million people in western Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties are under a flood warning early Tuesday, while some 34 million people across California – about 10% of all Americans – are under flood watches as the risk of mudslides also shifts to the Los Angeles and San Diego areas.
Reading about it is alarming. Seeing it is something else:
It's like the freaking Ents just broke a dam to flood Fresno!!
And here's Ellen:
One resident points out how quickly an area can become overwhelmed by water:
"It just came really quick," said Felton resident Rachel Oliveira, explaining what she saw Monday as the nearby San Lorenzo River rose, flooding her Santa Cruz County home. "Within a matter of minutes, it was from across the street all the way into our yard, and it went really fast."