May 22, 1990 |
A huge boulder loosened by weekend rains careened onto a road in eastern Butte County and crushed a car, killing two people and seriously injuring two others, authorities said. The Ford Bronco was driving at 5 m.p.h. when a rockslide tumbled down the mountainside and hit the vehicle on a country road about 20 miles northeast of Oroville, California Highway Patrol Officer Bob Jordan said. "There was no way to avoid it," he said. The driver, Kenneth W. Dalling, 52, of Kittitas, Wash.
December 17, 1991 |
In a rare defeat for insurers, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday that homeowners who suffer damages in landslides or other events excluded from their policies can still collect insurance claims based on negligence by government officials, developers or others.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 1993 |
Buried under landslides for much of the last five months, part of Backbay Drive will remain closed until the end of June as workers repair portions of the road that were torn up by falling dirt and subsequent cleanup operations, officials said Friday. They had hoped to reopen before summer the northern half of the popular recreational trail around the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Preserve.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1998 |
Confirming an on-again, off-again program that federal officials earlier said was only under study, U.S. officials announced Wednesday the government will spend $20 million to buy California homes made unlivable by El Nino-related mudslides. Under the program, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will pay up to $140 per square foot of indoor space for houses made uninhabitable by mudslides and in danger of further damage.
February 14, 1998 |
As damage mounted Friday in what a federal geologist warned may become the worst mudslide season in California history, the state insurance commissioner suggested that the state might have to provide mudslide insurance to hillside homeowners, as it does for earthquakes.
August 28, 1999 |
U.S. forecasters said on Friday they did not foresee a return of the El Nino weather pattern, blamed for chaotic weather worldwide, for the next year. Meteorologists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said El Nino, a periodic warming of the central Pacific Ocean, will not return soon because its sister, La Nina, is still alive and well.