The Superstorm Cometh, Floodeth, Drowneth
Move over mudslides, brush fires and earthquakes, there's a new life-threatening natural disaster sheriff in town and California's ability to tread water is likely to be tested in the wake of a catastrophic weather event that scientists are calling the "Superstorm."
The reality of the "ARkStorm: California’s Other 'Big One'" was a topic of discourse at a USGS conference with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the California Emergency Management Agency that ended on Friday. "Combining advanced flood mapping and atmospheric projections with data on California’s geologic flood history, over 100 scientists calculated the probable consequences of a “superstorm” carrying tropical moisture from the South Pacific and dropping up to 10 feet of rain across the state," reports the New York Times.
In the event of such an event CA could sustain four to five times as much economic damage as a large earthquake, up to $300 billion in damage, with as many as 1/4 of all homes damaged by flooding. But flooding isn't new news. Vast floods have long been documented via tree-ring data and historical records. According to Marcia K. McNutt, the director of the geological survey: