For the past few months, attorneys here at Merlin Law Group have blogged about the anticipation of the El Niño storms and the expected impact that such a deluge of water may have on California property owners. Along with the volatile weather being experienced, some neighborhoods are experiencing micro-bursts of rain at the foothill of the mountains that are directly responsible for mudslides and mudflows into various neighborhood pockets. Already, many homeowners are experiencing mud losses and finding that unless they have flood insurance, their losses are not covered.
The first El Niño storm hit Southern California this week. Heavy rain and strong winds have caused flooding, mudslides, power outages and property damage. In Los Angeles, there was even a report of a "gustnado."
If you live in Southern California and watch the news, you’d find there are endless broadcasts highlighting the anticipated coming of what meteorologists believe to be the worst El Niño weather pattern that California has experienced in decades. Just this morning I watched a segment that highlighted the differences on the impact of El Niño storms depending on the topography of the land.