The Michigan Daily-Friday, February 22, 1980-Page 5
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By The Associated Press
Floodwaters gushed over the tops of
overloaded dams and broke through
levees yesterday across. Southern
Califon ia, sedn thosands of peopl
wrings and inundating a hotel and
New rain from the sixth in series of
Pacific storms over the past nine days,
and damage in thunds of milin
of dollars, also threatened dams in
Arizona, Idaho and Utah.
A seventh storm was expected to hit
the California coast last night.
F o the latest stor cascaded off te
esert mountains about 100 miles east
oLos Aneles, tore through forlevees
The entire town of San . Jacinto,
population 5,300, was awash.
"We haven't even had time to figure
out how many square miles of desert
are affected,"'said a spokesman for the
California Department of Forestry.
"The water's coming out too fast."
LAbout 100 National Guardsmen were
T1own in to Palm Springs to help restore
order and guard against looting.
MANY EVACUEES were taken to
two emergency shelters at two high
schools while the many hotels and
motels in the area lowered their rates
for flood victims. '
"They came through with a fire truck
and a loudspeaker," said Mrs. Jane
Hoff, who was forced out of her home a
ecornd time since Saturday. "I was
cared to death."
Fire officials there said 1,300 people
were evacuated when torrents of rain
washing off the San. Jacinto Mountains
burst levees along the Palm Canyon
Wash and poured into three foothill
developments in Palm Springs.
ANother 1,200 were evacuated from
Sn Jacinto on the western side of the
A BRIDGE to the exclusive com-
munity of Anres Hills washed out,
water, telephone or sewer service.
"Wewarne themo eacatren -
spokeswoman Julie Baumer. She said
an entire block of homes was expected
to be lost to flood waters.
.Phoenix, Ariz., remained a divided
developing at the onlytwo bridges open
across the swollen Salt River. Many
school were closed
four hours and floods spread through
Mission Valley, home of San Diego's
biggest hotel and shopping district.
MEANWHILE, SAN Diego volun-
teers hunted for three teen-age brothers
feared drowned after entering a fast-
moving drainage ditch with rubber raf-
ts Wednesday night.
Residents of trailer parks in low-lying
areas abandoned or moved their
"There's just so much mud," said
Sherrie Jones, fleeing a mobile home
park in El Cajon. "Everybody's leaving
Medical supplies and food were airlif-
ted to 200 families marooned since Sun-
day when the Margarita River swirled
around the San Diego County com-
munity of De Luz.
In the foothills 25 miles east of San
Diego, sheriff's deputies helped
evacuate Barrett Park.
Eight, emergency ,shelters were
opened in San Diego. About 15 people
were temporarily housed in a school in
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