Napa River flood of 1986

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Napa River Flood of 1986
Location Napa County
Deaths 3
Property damage 7000 people evacuated, 250 homes destroyed

The Napa River flood of 1986 is considered by many to be the worst flood experienced by Napa, California during the 20th century. 7,000 people were evacuated, 250 homes were destroyed, 3 people died and damages totaled $100 million.[1][2][3] [4]

Following the flood, residents expressed a renewed urgency to mitigate flooding caused by winter storms and man made created obstacles that slowed the flow of the river on its course to the San Francisco Bay. Since the flood, the Napa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District has been working on controlling the floods by way of the Napa River Flood Project.[5] Another flood of lesser proportions occurred on December 31, 2005 after over a week of rain.[6] Other smaller floods occurred in 1995 and 1997.

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  1. ^ Carson, L. Pierce (February 27, 1986). "When the rain and the river wouldn't stop". Napa Valley Register. Napa, CA: Lee Enterprises, Inc. Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ Carson, L. Pierce; Ernst, Doug; Courtney, Kevin (February 18, 1986). "Rapid rise of Napa River water took local officials by surprise". Napa Valley Register. Napa, CA: Lee Enterprises, Inc. Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ Goetting, Jay (January 6, 2006). "Recalling '86 while cleaning up after '05". Napa Valley Register. Napa, CA: Lee Enterprises, Inc. Retrieved October 17, 2010. 
  4. ^ Carson, L. Pierce (February 17, 1986). "Napa hit by heavy flooding". Napa Valley Register. Napa, CA: Lee Enterprises, Inc. Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ Courtney, Kevin (February 20, 2011). "Flood of the century: 1986 death, destruction led to reform along Napa River". Napa Valley Register. Napa, CA: Lee Enterprises, Inc. Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ Courtney, Kevin (December 31, 2005). "Severe flooding hits Napa Valley". Napa Valley Register. Napa, CA: Lee Enterprises, Inc. Retrieved October 17, 2010. 

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