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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 1995
Some of Orange County's worst flooding was in February 1969. More than 21 inches of rain fell, causing $10 million in damages. Heavy rains caused homes to slide down hillsides in Silverado and Modjeska canyons. Five people seeking shelter at the Silverado Canyon fire station died when a hillside above the building gave way. Source: "Dreams to Reality"
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1998 | STEVE CARNEY
Before it left Orange County, El Nino sowed the seeds for natural disaster--it increased the danger of brush fires. This year's record rainfall caused a burst of growth among the grasses and other vegetation that blanket hillsides from Yorba Linda to San Clemente, fire officials say. And when summer temperatures, low humidity and Santa Ana winds dry out those plants, the county will be covered in tinder.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1998 | STEVE CARNEY
Before it left Orange County, El Nino sowed the seeds for natural disaster--it increased the danger of brush fires. This year's record rainfall caused a burst of growth among the grasses and other vegetation that blanket hillsides from Yorba Linda to San Clemente, fire officials say. And when summer temperatures, low humidity and Santa Ana winds dry out those plants, the county will be covered in tinder.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 1995
Some of Orange County's worst flooding was in February 1969. More than 21 inches of rain fell, causing $10 million in damages. Heavy rains caused homes to slide down hillsides in Silverado and Modjeska canyons. Five people seeking shelter at the Silverado Canyon fire station died when a hillside above the building gave way. Source: "Dreams to Reality"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1995 | LESLIE EARNEST
Recent rains have prompted a rash of landslides throughout the city, most of them on private property, officials said. "I've been here five or six years and I don't recall seeing quite so many of them at one time," building official John Gustafson said. "Every time it rains, we get a few more." As a result of storms since January, more than a dozen hillsides need to be repaired, Gustafson said, and individual property owners must pay for the work.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1997 | CATHY WERBLIN
County officials are warning residents about a potential problem that they can help avoid: swarms of mosquitoes. Because of last month's heavy rains, Orange County Vector Control officials said, a mosquito breeding boom is likely this spring. Officials recommend that homeowners check containers such as cans, old tires and wheelbarrows for water accumulation from the rains. The standing water should be emptied to reduce the likelihood of the insects' breeding there, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1995
Heavy rains hit Orange County in 1861 and lasted four months. The Santa Ana River overflowed, flooding much of the county, and in Anaheim many buildings, including a new school, were destroyed. A drought followed in 1862 and 1863, and once again Anaheim was threatened, this time by cattle stampeding to reach what little water was left. Source: "Reflections in Orange" by Warren Morgan
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1997 | STEVE CARNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In spite of recent rains, Orange County is under a "red flag" watch for brush fires today because of high winds and low humidity, officials said. With humidity at a bone-dry 15% and sustained wind gusts at 30 mph Sunday, the National Weather Service declared the emergency for Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Scott Brown said. A weather station at Fremont Canyon, northeast of Irvine Lake, recorded wind in excess of 50 mph, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1995
Parks Reopen--After closing due to damage caused by heavy January rains, Orange County's regional parks have reopened in the past few days. Rangers advise park visitors to stay on paths, carry drinking water and stay out of creeks. A partial list of Orange County regional parks: * Crystal Cove State Park: 23 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails along coastal parkland. Located between Laguna Beach and Corona del Mar, the park is accessible from two entrances on Coast Highway.
NEWS
February 24, 1996 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The National Weather Service announced plans Friday to build a Doppler radar to gather data for forecasts and warnings for residents of Orange, western Riverside and southwest San Bernardino counties. The new device, to be installed in the Cleveland National Forest, is expected to significantly improve the quality of weather forecasting here when it becomes operational next year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1995 | LESLIE EARNEST
Recent rains have prompted a rash of landslides throughout the city, most of them on private property, officials said. "I've been here five or six years and I don't recall seeing quite so many of them at one time," building official John Gustafson said. "Every time it rains, we get a few more." As a result of storms since January, more than a dozen hillsides need to be repaired, Gustafson said, and individual property owners must pay for the work.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1992 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thanks to some soaking rains, Orange County's fire season officially ends at 8 a.m. Monday, the county Fire Department announced. The announcement Wednesday means that thousands of acres of brushland, closed to people since the beginning of fire season May 28, will be reopened Monday. Rainfall, punctual and unexpectedly heavier than usual, will enable a slightly earlier end to the fire season, officials said.
NEWS
November 22, 1996 | From Times staff writers
Fender-benders abounded, Pacific Coast Highway was closed in Huntington Beach, and residents of fire-charred hills watched for possible floods and mudslides Thursday as a Pacific storm swept down the California coast. Reaching from the Northwest into Mexico, the storm system is expected to dump 2 to 4 inches of rain on the southern part of the state before dying out tonight.
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