It is now normal for me to find US news in England thanks to the Daily Mail. The New York Times had a tiny story about this disaster. California is a disaster area. It was home to my family for 150 years and we all got fed up with it and all left. The heavy rains after brush fires (yes, brush fires which burned houses) meant loose dirt hillsides. More than an inch of rain would cause mudslides, my family knew this from experience but 90% of the people in California have little experience so they are sitting ducks for disasters.