The rains came to Northern California, making it easier to fight the fires raging in the state for several weeks. However, notes “BBC”, heavy rainfall can lead to mudflow, which will complicate search and rescue operations.
In the coming days, the region is expected 10-15 cm of precipitation, and some settlements have already warned residents about the threat of flooding.
“BBC” recalls that at least 80 people died in California as a result of fires. More than 10 thousand houses burned down.
Rain, which began on Wednesday 21 November-the first in six months. Thanks to precipitation, the smoke dissipated, due to which schools in San Francisco were closed.
Firefighters hope that the rains will slow the spread of fire and allow them to eliminate fires.
Forecasters warn that the risk of mudflows is extremely high, as in the region there is very little vegetation that could restrain flows. The rains will dissipate the smoke, but also will kill the dust to the ground, turning it into a thick paste, which will make the search for the remains of the victims difficult. Experts admit that not all the victims will be found