No flood is ever really welcome, especially if it takes casualties in the form of damaged properties, or worse, lost lives. However, it has become more and more of a regular occurrence in recent times, even in dry states like California, no thanks to the dire changes in the climates of different regions around the globe. In fact, even the most arid regions of the country are warned about the possibility that they may start experiencing rain more frequently.
For example, in their article for LATimes.com, published earlier this year, Joseph Serna and Ruben Vives discuss the biggest rainstorm that struck Los Angeles in the last two years. They described how the flooding caused fear of mudslides among the residents living at the face and foothill of Mount Saint Gabriel.
A November 1, 2014 article from The Guardian reported on a strong storm that hit California. Heavy rain ensued and brought much-needed relief to the drought-stricken state. Unfortunately, the rains also caused mudslides in Los Angeles. State officials, however, were able to safely evacuate those residing in danger areas.
While many chose to look at the bright side and greeted the rain with open arms, experts warned people that flood runoff can be dangerous. Running water can be easily contaminated, because flood run off contains bacteria, chemicals, and other contaminants that make the water dangerous for public consumption.