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February 6, 2010 | By Ken Ellingwood
Freak winter rains across Mexico collapsed hillsides, sent rivers over their banks and left at least 15 people dead, officials said Friday. The rain, which began early in the week and peaked Thursday, had relented by Friday morning, providing officials with their first good look at the damage. More than half of the country was affected. Hardest hit was the western state of Michoacan, where at least 13 people were killed by landslides and flooding. An unknown number of people were missing Friday.
February 17, 2011 | By Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
Several San Clemente homeowners filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging that the owners of a nearby golf course failed to maintain hillside slopes where heavy rains caused disastrous mudflows in December. The 11 homeowners, whose residences were damaged during the torrential downpours, are seeking more than $10 million in damages, according to the lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court. Attorney Serge Tomassian, who represents the homeowners, said that the slope near the Shorecliffs Golf Course was still moving and that the expected rainfall over the next several days may cause additional mudslides that could affect the homes on Via Ballena.
April 30, 1988 | SUE MARTIN
Ah, 'tis spring and all the land is faire . . . at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire at ye olde Paramount Ranch in the gently dimpled hills of Agoura. Rain postponed the opening of the Faire last weekend, but everything is in place today for the usual pageantry and play. This year (the Faire's 26th), the 400th anniversary of Sir Francis Drake's defeat of the Spanish Armada, is being celebrated every weekend through June 5. Fairegoers can see the great navigator himself or listen to his compatriots spin yarns along Freebooter's Way. Or perhaps pay their respects to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I when she makes her daily progress through the village at 3 p.m. From downtown Los Angeles, take U.S. 101 north to the Chesebro exit, then follow the signs to the Faire's imaginary English village of Chipping-under-Oakwood.
September 14, 2011 | By Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times
First came the footprint. Then a series of them. Then a boy's rain-soaked striped shirt laid out on a log. By Tuesday afternoon, a four-member search team, one of dozens scoping the thickly forested San Bernardino National Forest, had the boy — alive, though tired and hungry. "Thank you … you saved me," the boy said in a low voice. Joshua Robb, an autistic 8-year-old who had been missing for more than 24 hours after running away from his elementary school in Twin Peaks, was found in "pretty good shape" in a rugged ravine 1 1/2 miles from the school, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department officials said.
April 24, 1986 | From Reuters
Torrential out-of-season rains caused mud slides that killed four people and left thousands homeless, the Brazilian civil defense office said Wednesday.
August 23, 1986 | United Press International
Typhoon Wayne hit central Taiwan with torrential rains and 100-m.p.h. winds Friday, killing at least 22 people, injuring more than 110 others and paralyzing much of the island.
March 20, 2005
Shame on the dairy farmers ("Mud Is Spoiling Milk Production in Region," Feb. 25). They are complaining about the millions of dollars that they are losing because the rains cause damage to their farms and ultimately the death of those abused cows. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that every year between October and February it rains in California. This is nothing new. Instead of complaining, why don't farmers put barns up for those poor cows or perhaps clean out the "muck" before the rainy months?
October 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Torrential rains in the Algerian Sahara caused flash floods that killed 30 people and injured dozens in a historic oasis region, officials in the North African nation said. Hundreds of people had to be rescued by helicopter and up to 600 houses were destroyed in the rains Tuesday and Wednesday around the medieval town of Ghardaia, the official APS news agency said. The storms caused a local wadi -- a seasonal river that remains dry for most of the year -- to rise at some points by 26 feet within hours, APS said.
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