The Inevitable Megaflooding of California By Dr. Steve Smith

Vantage Risk

It begins like this: Years of drought drying out the soil, wildfires scarring forests, reservoirs lower than ever, and Californians convinced it will never rain again. An El Nino forms in the Pacific and as the cool season starts, it begins to rain a heavy, drenching rain. For two months, the rain barely stops.

It ends like this: The Central Valley flooded, widespread mudslides, towns and cities inundated, agriculture decimated, dams breached, infrastructure destroyed, and a bill over three times that of a major earthquake.