Today California is getting speared from two directions: flood water is surging over a landscape that has been parched by a continuing drought.
The drought makes California’s land surface more impervious to water. This was illustrated in the “Great Flood of 1861–1862”, caused by weeks-long sequences of winter storms coming after a dry spell. It produced widespread catastrophic flooding across virtually all of California’s lowlands. It transformed the interior Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys into a temporary but vast inland sea nearly 300 miles in length and inundating much of the now densely populated coastal plain in present-day Los Angeles and Orange counties.
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