The latest in a series of storms that has wreaked close to $70 million damage on the California coast blew itself out yesterday as more homes collapsed into the rampaging surf.
But new storms were backed up over the Pacific "from here to Japan," Richard Wagoner of the National Weather Service said, threatening another week of the heavy weather that has killed 11 people. Only sprinkles were forecast for today's Super Bowl in Pasadena.
Nineteen homes have been destroyed and 3,153 damaged statewide since the storms began last week, said Anita Garcia of the state Office of Emergency Services. Nearly 2,000 coastal residents were evacuated during the week, many seeking refuge in 18 Red Cross centers around the state, she said.
At fashionable Malibu, especially hard hit by the rain, winds and surf, Sheriff's Deputy Ward Finch said two homes that were already among nine declared unsafe "slipped into the surf due to the high tide" that peaked yesterday morning at 7 feet. A third collapsed later and others were in danger, teetering on ravaged pilings sunk into eroding sand.
Along the northern coast, at least 500 homes were reported flooded in Marin County near San Francisco, with at least one washed away.
Along the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta, work crews filled sandbags and dumped rocks along river banks in a battle to protect some of the richest farmland in America.