… and 109 years later.

If you were around in January 1993 you probably remember the devasting amount of rain that fell.  The rain began on January 5th and over a period of 10 days more than 9 inches of rain fell on Temecula.  As Murrieta Creek filled to overflowing another storm hit on the 16th of January dropping over 4 inches of rain in just 24 hours.  As if this wasn’t bad enough, another 4 inches of rain fell over the next 3 days bringing the total during this period to almost 18 inches in one month!

Well the creek did overflow not only due to the enormous amount of rain but also due to Army Corps of Engineers environmental restrictions that prevented Temecula and the County of Riverside from doing weed and tree clearance along the banks of the creek.  As a result the ensuing flood did over $12 million dollars in damage to Temecula and Murrieta.

The flood waters caused 146 people to be evacuated and also caused the death of seven people.  The flood was devastating to Old Town Temecula and took months if not years to recover.  The depth of the water and mud can still be seen today on a cabinet in the lobby of the Palomar Inn Historical Landmark Hotel.

Published in: on January 20, 2010 at 9:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

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