February 1980 Flood




Here's a Dr George Fishbeck weather video from the KABC-TV 7 newscast of the day before the San Jacinto levy had the disastrous break and flood of Feb 1980.

 "February 1980 rainfall (following excess rain in January) was record breaking in many  (Riverside) County areas. Eleven stations with 50 or more years of record accumulated their highest February totals in history.  (San Jacinto) Valley stations were approximately 360 to 430% of normal, mountains and foothills 400 to 510% of normal and deserts 590 to 820% of normal. The  (Riverside County Flood Control) District had in place a substantial system of flood control facilities which were severely tested during the 1980  floods...      

 

 " Also on February 21, 1980, a section of the San Jacinto River Levee immediately downstream of the junction with Bautista Creek Channel collapsed. An estimated flow of 25,000 cubic feet per second had undermined the rock toe revetment and coursed its way through a mobile home park and portions of the City of San Jacinto, with floodwaters several feet deep and causing extensive damage. Other than these two levee failures, the District's facilities performed well and prevented millions of dollars in damages. The City of Riverside saw none of the damages and flooding experienced in 1969, due to protection the completed 1970 bond issue projects and other projects had provided. However, the floods of 1980 also demonstrated a need for additional flood control and drainage improvements throughout the District, where the widespread flooding in western Riverside county accounted for at least ten deaths, and in excess of $70 million in property damage.  "   - Pictures of this and other local flooding at:

http://www.floodcontrol.co.riverside.ca.us/content/history.htm 

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just to let you know the top part that mentions dr fishbeck. well it goes to some porn sight I got it off before my grandson saw it. thank you!

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I was only 10 at the time, and lived on a hill just outside of Hemet on the opposite side of town from San Jacinto (near Newport Rd.). I remember how crazy those rains were and how it totally flooded our garage. Spent a great deal of time outside in the rain trying to dig a channel to divert the water from flowing into it, and cleaning out the garage after the flooding wasn't much fun. Anyway, my dad was on the Hemet Search and Rescue, and when the Levee broke we went down to San Jacinto with our 72GMC 4WD that had a winch on the front, to help rescue people and cars. Can't imagine what it must've been like when the levee broke and that wall of water came through, but in its wake it left about 4-6 feet of mud covering most of San Jacinto. I still have a couple of the pictures we took the morning after the flood, with one of them showing an 18-wheeler on its side, half buried in the mud, with a big rig tow truck trying to pull it out. The tow truck's front wheels are about 4 feet off the ground, as it tried in vain to do anything with the 18-wheeler. There was no way it was going to budge an inch, buried that deep in the mud. I actually remember having a custom printed t-shirt my dad gave me that said "I survived the 1980 San Jacinto flood". That whole valley has always had problems with flooding, but that was unquestionably the worst flooding event in the region, at least in my lifetime.

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 Thanks for sharing, it was cool to read your story. Can you post your pictures from the flood? I'd like to see that tow-truck popping a wheelie.

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looking for pic of my daughter at fairgrounds after flood his Cassandra Delahousie any one help me?

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Did you look in the old scrapbook in your closet?
..i mean, seriously, WTF are you talking about??

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WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BE SO RUDE?
I HAVE BEEN IN A FIRE LOST EVERYTHING, FLOOD SAME RESULTS,
THEFT OF MY STORAGE UNIT IN HEMET WITH ALL MY PHOTOS ETC.

I AM TALKING ABOUT A SMALL PAMPHLET MADE ABOUT THE FLOOD AND MY
DAUGHTERS PIC WAS IN IT.

I WAS HOPING SOME KIND SOUL COULD HELP ME LOCATE A COPY OBVIOUSLY THAT
IS NOT YOU.

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I am purchasing a home in San Jacinto and I am looking for a good flood insurance but also one that wont break the bank... any suggestions?

S&E Wattier

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I was on my way to work in Riverside, on the I-15 highway (which is now the I-215). I lived in Canyon Lake at the time in a waterfront home. I was headed north, and was in a Mazda GLC (a very small car). Luckily, I was behind a very large truck, because all at once, I was surrounded by headlight deep water, and the truck ahead of me parted the water for me, or I could have floated away. I didn't even see the water coming, because the swamp fog at the time was so dense, you couldn't see 25 feet ahead of you. Anyway, I turned my radio onto the emergency channel and heard of the San Jacinto dam break. Once I got to work, I heard that the sheriff was closing the highway soon, and that no one could get to Canyon Lake once they did, as Newport Road was totally covered by Salt Creek. I rushed to go back home, and got home by taking back roads, entering thru the East Gate of Canyon Lake. The water was still rising by at least 12 inches per hour, and came within a few feet of my flood plain deck below my house. People at the North End of Canyon Lake had water coming up thru their bathtubs and toilets, and the North Causeway was under water. We were unable to leave the house for 3 days. Power was out, so we used the BBQ and drank alot. Had huge losses in refrigerator goods. Water was going over the Canyon Lake Causeway by 5 ft. A truck carrying 2 people were washed over the East Gate Causeway, when they went around the street barrier. Lady was rescued, but man was killed. My husband along with several of my neighbors used their boats to look for his body. He was found 3 days later under someone's dock. Lots of other details, if anyone is interested. Hope everyone on low end of lake now has flood insurance. No guarantee I won't happen again.

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I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR MORE.

DID YOU EVER SEE A BOOKLET ABOUT THE FLOOD AND PEOPLE THAT HAD GONE TO THE FAIRGROUNDS? MY DAUGHTERS PIC IS IN IT ID LOVE TO FIND A COPY!

THEN WHEN WE GOT BACK TO OUR APT AND SAW HOW HIGH THE WATER HAD BEEN AND RUINED CARPET IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE. ESPECIALLY WHEN MY LAND LORD SAID TO CLEAN AND SCRUB THE WALLS AND A RED SPOT ON CARPET FROM A SCHOOL PROJECT SHE SAID WE HAD RUINED IT BUT WHILE DOING ALL THIS I LOST A BABY. I MOVED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

THANK YOU FOR YOUR STORY! WE WERE BOTH LUCKY HUH?

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Me and my brothers were on the way to school when we saw a wall of water coming towards us . Dad didnt want to go to the shelter with the red cross so he went back home . We pretty much swam to the buses the red cross had . Me and my brother were on the front page of the newspaper.

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SO WAS MY DAUGHTER BUT CANT FIND A COPY

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