Heavy rains are '100-year-event'

In what an Army Corps of Engineers official termed as "a 100-year event" - or the worst flooding that might be expected in California in any 100-year period - Church members and property generally have fared well.

Regional representatives and Keith Atkinson, Church Public Affairs director in California, said there were no serious injuries among Church members during the flooding, and most damage to homes of members consisted of leaky roofs and flooded basements.Flooding and mud slides caused by rains since Feb. 9 killed at least seven people and swamped hundreds of homes and business with water and mud. One estimate of damage is $23 million. California Gov. Pete Wilson declared Los Angeles and Ventura counties as disaster areas.

In addition to the one-one-one service performed by Latter-day Saints for those in need, members in three stakes in the Los Angeles area went to the Red Cross West Los Angeles Regional Center to prepare food for flood workers. The volunteers were from the Torrance North, Los Angeles and Los Angeles Santa Monica stakes. Contact with the Red Cross had been established earlier by Relief Society members who volunteered for service projects during the Relief Society's 150th anniversary.

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