California could easily become the next Australia in 2011. What experts are saying could dwarf the 1997 floods in comparison.
"A series of storms more powerful than Hurricane Katrina and more damaging than the "big one" earthquake could hit California in our lifetime, according to the U.S. Geological Survey."
KCRA Channel 3 Sacramento reported on last nights 11 o'clock news, virtually forecasting an impending flood that could easily be the nations largest national disaster.
"I think Californians should be worried about this," USGS Director Marcia McNutt said.
Federal and state scientists and emergency responders discussed during a two-day conference in Sacramento that computer models based on historical data suggest a looming catastrophic "ARkStorm" could inundate California with nonstop flooding.
Potential flooding could cause more than $300 Billion in damage and cause five times the damage of thee worst case scenario earthquake and leave more people homeless than Hurricane Katrina. and inflict at least $300 billion in damage. "It's a hypothetical, but it can happen and has happened before in 1861-62," Mark Jackon of the National Weather Service said. "Federal and state officials are hoping this information will motivate government agencies to began preparing for a worst-case ARkStorm to convince residents to purchase flood insurance and to spark the creation of a warning system similar to the rating scale used for approaching hurricanes." KCRA Channel 3 News remarked.