“FLOODED DURING RAINS.” This sign, that I ran across in Modjeska, CA. while on a fire assignment in So Cal, just about says it all about southern California hydrology on the wildland urban interface.   Check out this video of a debris flow in Devore, California, December 25, 2003.  The Old and Grand Prix Wildfires had burned the watershed above this street just a couple of months before. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4JPxw578UE&feature=related  If you want to read some really good non-fiction writing about southern California floods and debris flows read “Los Angeles Against the Mountains,” a chapter in John McPhee’s book The Control of Nature.

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Hydrologist Clay Brandow has water on his mind most of the time, but now is seeking other diversions. Dear reader I'd love to hear from you. Please leave me a comment or two. It's easy.
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  1. no way!! rain = flood? wow thank goodness for that sign!

  2. MJ Furniss says:

    Well, about time you had a blog Clay.
    OK if I embed it in the CA forest soils blog/site? You still get the visits.
    Nice going. I will be a regular reader.

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