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Extreme Weather / West / Smith Interview #989326

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 22, 2010
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Rainfall totals for southern California cited; photos of flooding and mud shown; map shown.

(Laguna Beach, California: Miguel Almaguer) The impact of this storm on the West coast featured; scenes shown of flooding in Laguna Beach, a retaining wall that smashed into Joe Crash‡’s home, mudslides, an eroding hillside in Silverado, water in Qualcomm Stadium, a sinkhole; details given about evacuation orders in Los Angeles and transportation problems. [CRASH, MAN, Jeremy HESS‡, La Cañada Flintridge resident Lynn THOMPSON†, rescued hotel guest Jennifer BOWERMAN†, Richard LASPESA‡- comment.] [Los Angeles County fire Capt. Mark SAVAGE†- says we’re not out of the woods yet.] [The Weather Channel’s Chris WARREN†- reviews the situation in Beaver Dam, Arizona and Las Vegas.] A home collapsing into the flood in Beaver Dam shown.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Concern about mudslides in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest, which burned in the 2009 Station fire, noted; scenes shown of Christmas decorations on concrete barriers that are directing mud away from homes. Live interview held with La Cañada Flintridge resident Tammy Smith about her decision to not evacuate. [SMITH – talks about protecting her home and being prepared; explains why she chooses to live there.]

Williams, Brian;
Almaguer, Miguel

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