And Now This

Each year brings a new variation on catastrophe in California. This time the rain came tumbling down

PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON WAS TO be in Los Angeles this week to mark the first anniversary of the Northridge earthquake -- that is, to call attention to the herculean effort made to set things right. Instead he faced natural devastation of a different sort. More than half the state -- the most populous in the Union, the most snakebit in anyone's memory -- is a disaster once again. Ten days of torrents have put thousands of people, north and south, out of their homes, killed 11, ruined crops, closed freeways, played hell.

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