El Nino preparations underway in the North State

Oct 22, 2015 12:48 PM by News Staff

Evidence is mounting that the El Nino will spawn a rainy winter in California, creating some concerns for North State residents hit hard by flooding last December.

Last December a series of rain storms left parts of Tehama County underwater. While Cal Fire officials say they have no plans for extra staffing, but they are warning residents “always have an evacuation plan.”

The National Weather Service says this El Nino appears to be the second-strongest since 1950. That means people should also prepare for damaging rains.

El Ninos in the early 1980s and late 1990s killed more than 50 Californians and caused nearly $2 billion in damage.

It’s not all bad news though, the extra rain could certainly help ease the state’s punishing drought, and the people of Tehama County say the soil is so dry right now, they’ll welcome whatever rain they can get.

Action News Now Reporter Cecile Juliette caught up with some of the residents and business owners hit hardest by last year’s storm to find out how they’re preparing for the rainy season, you can watch the full story above.


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