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California Storm Losses Estimated at More Than $30 Billion

  • Storms brought damage to homes and businesses across state
  • Heavy rains have been drenching California since December
A resident drives a tractor to clear mud after flooding in Felton Grove neighborhood of Felton, California, on Jan. 11.
A resident drives a tractor to clear mud after flooding in Felton Grove neighborhood of Felton, California, on Jan. 11.Photographer: Nic Coury/Bloomberg

California’s flooding rains and heavy snows that killed at least 17 people have likely caused more than $30 billion in damages and economic losses, according to AccuWeather Inc. 

The Pacific storms, known as atmospheric rivers, are estimated to have caused $31 billion to $34 billion of economic impacts through major flooding, widespread power outages, landslides, fallen trees and road closures, the commercial weather forecaster said Wednesday.