California Drenching

The old song done by Albert Hammond says, "It never rains in California but … it pours."

And, reports The Early Show national correspondent Hattie Kauffman, that's certainly proving true. Rain has saturated northern California, and there's no letup in sight.

Heavy spring rains finally proved too much for the levees near Sacramento. Two broke, forcing residents of a 150-unit mobile home park to evacuate.

"Trees are falling; we have mud slides," said one police officer.

Soaked San Francisco had 25 days of rain in March, and April has brought no relief. This week, hillside homes began to slide.

The rainfall in San Francisco has broken records that stood for more than a century.

In Los Angeles, the rainy season is usually over by the end of February, but it's still pouring.

The deluge brought down the roof of a drug store while shoppers were still inside. Firefighters had to clean up the mess.

The L.A. River, usually a trickle, became a roar. A teenage boy was swept up in the current of a flood control channel. Firefighters mounted a dramatic rescue.

Kauffman notes that those looking for blue skies often head to Hawaii, but even they've been out of luck.

Forty straight days of rain in some spots mean that, instead of "lying on the sand," you could be stacking sandbags.

One tourist complained, "I've been here two weeks, and I'm hoping we're going to get some sun."

And, Kauffman points out, the Hawaiian storms are headed across the pacific — to California.
  • Brian Dakss

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