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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.
July 21, 2010 | By Lily Kuo, Los Angeles Times
Flooding from torrential summer rains, which has killed at least 700 people and displaced millions, is the worst China has suffered in more than a decade, officials said Wednesday. The rains, which began in May after a severe drought in southern China, are inundating cities and villages throughout the country. Well over half of China's provinces are now enduring monsoon-like downpours, flooding and landslides. "Compared to the same period for the last 10 years, losses from the flood are much higher this year," said Liu Ning, secretary-general of the government's flood prevention department, in a press conference Wednesday in Beijing.
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.
August 28, 2012 | By David Zucchino
As Hurricane Isaac lumbers through the Gulf of Mexico, attention has been focused on possible landfall at or near New Orleans late Tuesday. But Isaac is so huge - at least 350 miles wide - that areas far beyond New Orleans are likely to be pounded by drenching rains and high winds from the Category 1 storm. Especially vulnerable are low-lying coastal areas just east of New Orleans, along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  Those communities, which were devastated by Hurricane Katrina seven years ago, are bracing for tidal surges and extended rains in places that are still recovering from Katrina.
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