California clobbered by storms

Rescue in Redlands, CA near LA 22 Dec 10

Many California residents who endured flooding, mudslides and evacuations during a weeklong onslaught of rain must now clean up or even rebuild and could face the prospect of not being able to spend Christmas at home.

Preliminary damage estimates throughout California were already in the tens of millions of dollars and were expected to rise.

The inland region of Southern California east of Los Angeles was emerging as among the hardest hit areas, especially San Bernardino County.

While more than 500 cm of snow has fallen in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, coastal cities like Los Angeles have been drenched with as much as 200 mm of rain (more than half the annual total) this week alone.

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