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  • Writer's pictureMarissa Molano

Sunny California turned into Rainy California

For the past week, California has seen more rain than sun. The state has been grappling with a series of intense storms that have brought significant rainfall across the region. In the past week Los Angeles has seen over 6.43 inches of rain. 

The heavy rainfall has been a mixed blessing. On one hand, it has replenished water supplies in reservoirs and aquifers, which is critical given the severe drought conditions that has plagued California for years. Along with the snow pack in the Sierra Nevada mountains, a crucial source of water as it melts, has also seen a substantial increase.

However, the sudden deluge has created immediate problems. The ground, parched from the drought, is often unable to absorb water quickly, leading to runoff that causes flooding, especially on freeways. Here at school, there were floods and intense rain. Infrastructure has been tested, with reports of dam spillways being activated, roads washing out, and communities being cut off due to floodwaters.

Emergency response teams have been working tirelessly to mitigate the impact, with sandbagging efforts, swift water rescues, and constant monitoring of critical infrastructure. The situation has underscored the need for robust emergency planning and the importance of community awareness and preparedness.

As Californians navigate these challenges, there's a sense of cautious optimism. The rain is a reprieve for the drought-stricken state, but it's also a reminder of the delicate balance between the environment and human habitation. Let us be vigilant with the rain as it may continue on into later days.

Image Courtesy of Quinn Norton from Wikimedia Commons

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