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1/05/2008

Levee breaks as storms pummel West Coast

Breaking Earth News
Nevada, USA
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The Truckee Carson Irrigation Ditch gave way causing much of Fernley, Nev., to be flooded

FERNLEY, Nev. - A ruptured levee sent a frigid "wall of water" from a rain-swollen canal into this high desert town early Saturday, flooding hundreds of homes and forcing the rescue of more than a dozen people by helicopter and boat.
To the west, a dangerous layer of heavy snow covered the Northern California mountains as rain and wind from the third storm in as many days hit the West Coast. The storms have been blamed for at least two deaths, and hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in California, Oregon and Washington were without power Saturday.




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