• Short Summary

    VARIOUS, PACIFIC COAST, CALIFORNIA, USA

    In California at the beginning of March, this winter's worst storm caused havoc along the Pacific coast.

  • Description

    1. GV, SV & CU Houses collapsing on seafront of Huntington Beach. (4 SHOTS) 0.13
    2. GV Pier at Huntington Beach. 0.15
    3. AV Damage caused to pier at Santa Monica, debris on beach. (3 SHOTS) 0.23
    4. CU & GV Volunteers preparing sandbags. (3 SHOTS) 0.30
    5. GV Flood waters at Coyote Creek, Orange County. 0.33
    6. CU Distraught woman speaking. (SOT) 0.40
    7. GV PAN Stud farm near Mexican border. 0.48
    8. GV Rescue helicopter crashing into overhead cable, in Los Angeles. 0.57
    9. GV Rescuers helping injured from helicopter. 1.01
    10. AV Alviso, San Jose suburb, under floods. 1.09
    11. GV & SV Residents of Alviso being rescued from floodwater, views of flooded homes. 1.33
    12. GV Flooded caravans, people being rescued. (2 SHOTS) 1.43
    13. AVs & GVs Homes destroyed by floods. (4 SHOTS) 1.58
    14. GV People walking through flood. 2.07
    TRANSCRIPT: WOMAN: (SEQ 6) "This is the second time I've been through this. It's just terrible."
    InitialsCC/JRS

    NOTE TO EDITORS: THIS STORY HAS COMMENTARY BY BBC REPORTER BRIAN BARRON, NBC (C) AND NBC (U) REPORTERS, WHICH MAY BE USED IF REQUIRED.
    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: VARIOUS, PACIFIC COAST, CALIFORNIA, USA

    In California at the beginning of March, this winter's worst storm caused havoc along the Pacific coast. Torrential rain and strong winds caused 13 deaths and serious damage to property. In Huntington Beach, near Los Angeles, houses collapsed - their foundations undermined by six metre (20 feet) waves. Further south, at Santa Monica, half of the 500-metre (500 yard) concrete pier collapsed, washing away cars and a crane. Debris piled up along the beach. Volunteers at Orange County struggled to reinforce the defences in an area already hit by floods as distraught residents lamented their fate. The devastation spread as far south as the Mexican border, where horses at a stud farm floundered in deep water before being evacuated.

    A policeman was killed when a rescue helicopter crashed into overhead cables in Los Angeles. The damage done to property was extensive, and over 250,000 people were made homeless. Residents of Alviso, a suburb of San Jose, were ordered by authorities to leave their homes and threatened with arrest if they did not comply. In other communities people struggled to collect a few belongings from caravans and houses submerged in muddy water. Nineteen emergency shelters were set up in the state to aid storm and flood victims, many of whom remained undaunted by their experiences and intended to rebuild their homes.

    Source: VIA NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY INCORPORATED (C & U)/BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3NMYFOM6YL4CI0AVQYUV8SBE3
    Media URN:
    VLVA3NMYFOM6YL4CI0AVQYUV8SBE3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/03/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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