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Monday, July 25, 2011

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What Happened? The Inside Story of California’s Spring Storm Disaster

Posted: 25 Jul 2011 09:29 AM PDT

*The following news release and video were issued by Cal EMA on Monday, July 25, 2011.*

~Cal EMA debuts documentary with dramatic footage of the impacts and reaction from those struggling to recover~

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) has just released a compelling 9-minute public education documentary that tells the story of this year’s third major disaster the state has suffered in as many months. The video, now available online, shows how a haunting low pressure system parked itself over the Pacific Ocean last March pushing relentless bursts of heavy rains, paralyzing snow and high winds throughout the state over a 12-day period. When it was all over, the state calculated more than $50 million in damages that left dozens of major roads impassable, the town of Capitola flooded and Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. forced to declare a state of emergency for 17 counties.

“It’s difficult for people to appreciate the sheer magnitude of this disaster because of the wide spread affects in different parts of the state,” said Mike Dayton, Acting Secretary of the California Emergency Management Agency. “We decided the best way to educate people about this disaster was to document the impacts on video and talk to experts who explain how unusual, and powerful, this storm system really was.”

The video includes as-it-happened video footage of a major landslide on Nelson Road in Santa Cruz County, as well as home-video of flood waters raging through downtown Capitol, inundating their police department and emergency operations center. It also features in-depth interviews with an expert from the National Weather Service in Monterey; officials from the most affected county of Santa Cruz and state emergency managers.

To view the video, visit the California Emergency Management Agency website or this link

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