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Flood agencies illustrate disaster threat, need for preparation

Published Oct. 20, 2014

LOS ANGELES--The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District and California's Department of Water Resources are promoting California Flood Preparedness Week, Oct. 20-25, by releasing two video products to improve Californians’ awareness and preparedness for flooding.

Here are regionally tailored links to 'Where Flood Waters Flow' videos:
Southern California video:
Northern/Central California video:

A third video product, focused on Coastal California, is being completed and will be made available later in October.

While the videos are targeted to specific California regions, each video communicates the three principle flood risk messages:
1) There is a threat of flooding in every part of California, regardless of drought;
2) Different parts of California are subject to different types of flooding; and
3) In addition to federal, state, and local government efforts to reduce flood risk, individuals need to be informed, aware, and take action to reduce their own flood risk.

A report released by both agencies in 2013, California’s Flood Future, provided the first look at statewide exposure to flood risk, while identifying and addressing the barriers to improved flood management. Information for this comprehensive report was received from 142 agencies throughout California. One of the seven recommendations included in the report is to “increase public and policymaker awareness about flood risks to facilitate informed decisions.” These videos aim to achieve that goal.

More information on California’s flood risk and the full 2013 California’s Flood Future report can be found at DWR’s website:

Please contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District public affairs office with questions: or 213-452-3921.

Release no. 14-018