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Insider Blog: Flood Preparedness Week

This week is Flood Preparedness Week in California. Did you know that within the last 20 years, every single county in California has been declared a federal flood disaster area at least once? 

The worst flood in California's history was in 1862 and affected everywhere from Washington to Utah to Baja California. The floods killed more than 4,000 people and did more than 3 billion dollars in damage across the state (in today's money).

This scene shows the floodwaters along K Street looking west from 4th Street in Sacramento, Calif. Photo taken January 1862. Courtesy photo California State Library

It's crucial to always be prepared for a flood. You should always have an emergency kit handy with essential documents and should always have a plan in case you need to evacuate quickly. You can learn more at

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Spencer Blum joined KESQ News Channel 3 in 2023 as a member of the First Alert Weather Team.


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