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November 30, 1991 | JOHN CHANDLER and SCOTT HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A sudden, blinding dust storm trapped hundreds of holiday motorists on Interstate 5 in the San Joaquin Valley on Friday, leaving at least 14 people dead and 114 injured in a series of chain-reaction accidents, the California Highway Patrol said. CHP officials said at least 93 cars and 11 big-rig trucks slammed into one another at 2:30 p.m. along a 1 1/2-mile stretch of the highway approximately 45 miles north of Coalinga.
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February 9, 1999 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A slow-moving winter storm left up to 5 feet of snow in parts of the Sierra Nevada, leaving two people dead in separate accidents. The weather front, which dumped as much as 6 inches of rain over three days in Northern California, should arrive in Southern California this morning with a somewhat muted punch. Still, forecasters predicted up to an inch of rain along the coast and as much as two inches in mountain areas, where the snow level could drop to 4,000 feet by tonight.
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February 18, 1990 | GEORGE RAMOS and RICHARD BEENE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The strongest winter storm of the season continued to punish much of California on Saturday, dumping nearly 2 1/2 inches of rain in Los Angeles, triggering traffic accidents that killed three people on Southland roads and leading to an avalanche that buried an Orange County girl in deep snow for 95 minutes before she was rescued. The storm, which hit the state late Friday, also brought blizzard conditions to the mountains and prompted a large sewage spill into Santa Monica Bay.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1998 | ALAN HAGMAN
As El Nino-powered waves battered the California coastline on a day of frighteningly high tides, I headed north with my cameras on U.S. 101 to check out beachfront homes in Ventura. My car was driving down a small lane that runs next to the ocean when a large wave broke over the road, pulling my car toward the ocean and disabling it. I walked about a quarter-mile to the small community of Solimar Beach and met Ben Lane, who was sweeping water out the rear door of his home.
BUSINESS
March 25, 1995 | From Reuters
Crop and livestock losses from storms and floods that hit California this month now exceed half a billion dollars, the California Department of Food and Agriculture said Friday. The department, which earlier this week estimated statewide agricultural losses at just under $400 million, revised its estimate up to $507.6 million Friday. A department spokeswoman said a few California counties had not yet reported losses and the total could rise further. Hardest-hit crops included almonds, with $126.
BUSINESS
February 28, 1998
* More Americans filed for bankruptcy protection in 1997 than ever before. Federal officials said 1.35 million individuals and 54,000 businesses sought protection from creditors in U.S. bankruptcy courts last year, for an overall total 20% higher than 1996. * The Entrepreneur Program at USC is celebrating its 25th anniversary in style with a $5-million gift from alumnus Lloyd Greif, a Los Angeles investment banker and 1979 graduate who will see the program renamed in his honor.
NEWS
December 1, 1991 | JOHN CHANDLER and MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As the death toll in the chain-reaction crash on Interstate 5 reached 17, authorities battled biting winds and blinding sand clouds Saturday to clear piled-up vehicles and managed to reopen the main artery linking Northern and Southern California in time for today's post-holiday rush toward home.
NEWS
December 1, 1991 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This time of year it's usually the tule fog, blindingly thick and snapping cold, that disrupts highway travelers and sometimes leads to ferocious pileups and death in the Central Valley. But on occasion, as happened on Friday, a wind-blasted storm of dust rises from the farms and ancient lake beds to reap a grim bounty on the arrow-straight highways that pierce the cotton and alfalfa fields.
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January 10, 1995 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK and DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Thousands of Northern Californians fled their homes Monday as the third in a series of warm, moisture-laden Pacific storms barreled into the state, pushing Wine Country rivers well beyond their banks, inundating roads throughout the region and killing at least one person. With weather forecasters eyeing two more storms gaining strength off the coast, evacuations were under way from just north of San Francisco to Eureka, near the state line.
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March 27, 1991 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Drenched by a month of remarkable storms, many relieved California communities are relaxing rationing programs that have forced consumers onto uncomfortable water diets not experienced since the state's last great drought 14 years ago. The ferocious storms, which continued to soak much of the state Tuesday, have dramatically boosted annual rainfall levels and the crucial Sierra Nevada snowpack, comforting once-panicky water managers and persuading them to soften their cries for conservation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1998 | From Associated Press
With the Sierra Nevada snowpack now at about double average levels thanks to El Nino, experts expect plenty of water this summer for farms, cities and environmental needs. But the next El Nino-fostered problem is likely to be wildfires once the explosion of grass and brush dries this summer, officials said Thursday. Fire officials issued unusually early warnings.
NEWS
April 12, 1998 | Special to The Times
Crews working to clear tons of mud and rocks that slid onto the northbound Golden State Freeway on Thursday had to halt the clean-up effort Saturday when the road became so slippery that they were unable to maneuver their heavy equipment. California Highway Patrol Sgt. Jack Skaggs of the Fort Tejon station said he was not sure how much the unexpected work stoppage would postpone the reopening of the two lanes that remained closed Saturday. The clean-up effort was called off about 1:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1998 | LIZ SEYMOUR
Storm-beaten Laguna Beach has incurred nearly $4 million worth of damage to public property in three El Nino-related storms, city officials said. To repair the damage, storm drains are being installed, sink holes are being filled and landslides are being shored up. More than 60 public works projects are planned, are underway or have been completed. The storms occurred Dec. 6, Feb. 7 and Feb. 23. The city will pay for about half of the costs, City Manager Kenneth C. Frank said.
NEWS
March 28, 1998
The county assessor's office has urged property owners who suffered damage from El Nino and want a reappraisal to call their local office as soon as possible. Under the "misfortune or calamity" provisions of the state taxation code, owners can qualify for tax relief if the total loss in value of their property from storm damage is $5,000 or more.
BUSINESS
February 28, 1998
* More Americans filed for bankruptcy protection in 1997 than ever before. Federal officials said 1.35 million individuals and 54,000 businesses sought protection from creditors in U.S. bankruptcy courts last year, for an overall total 20% higher than 1996. * The Entrepreneur Program at USC is celebrating its 25th anniversary in style with a $5-million gift from alumnus Lloyd Greif, a Los Angeles investment banker and 1979 graduate who will see the program renamed in his honor.
NEWS
February 26, 1998 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As rescuers found three more bodies in the wake of the latest storm to wallop California, the White House said Wednesday that $20 million in federal emergency funds is being earmarked to help the state repair its rain-battered roads. That money comes atop $20 million in federal aid already committed to California by the Clinton administration for disaster assistance.
NEWS
March 2, 1991 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three days of raining like cats and dogs in Los Angeles and across the state will save about a week's worth of watering lawns and parks, but will not avert mandatory water rationing that began in California's two most populous regions Friday, water officials said. Although Los Angeles has received a welcome 3.75 inches of rain since Wednesday, the city obtains much of its water supply from watersheds in the northern half of the state, which still suffers from record low levels of runoff.
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February 24, 1998 | ERIC MALNIC and JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An intense, El Nino-boosted storm raked California with torrential rains and wind-driven snow Monday, triggering mudslides and floods that blocked roads, cut rail lines and forced the temporary evacuation of 2,000 residents of Santa Paula. Two women and a man washed into rain-swollen creeks escaped injury in Santa Clarita. Homes faced damage in Val Verde and Porter Ranch and the rain-loaded roof of an office building collapsed in Warner Center, doing an estimated $50,000 damage.
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February 24, 1998 | ERIC MALNIC and DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An intense, El Nino-boosted storm raked California with torrential rains and wind-driven snow Monday, toppling a giant eucalyptus tree that killed two people, and triggering mudslides and floods that blocked roads, cut rail lines and forced the temporary evacuation of 2,000 residents of Santa Paula. The eucalyptus tree crashed into a sport utility vehicle at a stop sign near the campus of the Claremont Colleges, Los Angeles County fire officials said.
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