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New video explains state’s spring storm disaster

By Josh Richman
Monday, July 25th, 2011 at 4:25 pm in Uncategorized.

Even as Gov. Jerry Brown tries to convince federal officials to provide aid and funding for California counties hit by severe storms in March, the California Emergency Management Agency today released a new video detailing those storms’ impact.

The nine-minute video describes “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,” CalEMA said in its news release.

The state calculated more than $50 million in damages and Brown declared a state of emergency in 17 counties. Capitola and other parts of Santa Cruz and Monterey counties were particularly hard-hit

“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,” Acting CalEMA Secretary Mike Dayton said in the release. “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.”

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