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The Best Sites For Showing Sacramento Destroyed By Floods

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You may or may not know that our town, Sacramento, is now the most likely U.S. city to be hit by a catastrophic flood. That makes our unit on Natural Disasters much more real to our students. This “The Best….” list might have limited interest in readers outside of our area, but it will certainly be useful to our teachers.

The New York Times today has an article and interactive feature about this topic, so I thought it would be timely to create this list.

Here are my picks for The Best Sites For Showing Sacramento Destroyed By Floods:

As I just mentioned, today’s New York Times has an article and interactive about this possibility. In fact, its interactive lets you see our town destroyed by a flood.

Here are video animations of the event that our local PBS affiliate has developed.

Here’s a short video from The History Channel. I’m embedding the link, but you might want to go to the site which has similar disaster simulations affecting other major U.S. cities.

Last year, the United States Geological Survey came out with a major report predicting this kind of Superstorm hitting our area. Here are some articles about it, along with a video simulation:

If Quakes Weren’t Enough, Enter the ‘Superstorm’ from the New York Times.

Is California Headed For a Super Storm?

What is the California Superstorm and What Can We Expect?

Here’s the video simulation of the storm’s effect:

And here’s a news report on the study itself:

The Sacramento Bee has just published some articles on this possibility:

They include:

What if a superstorm strikes Sacramento? Flooding danger puts the capital at risk of a disaster worse than Sandy

Hundreds of Sacramento schools, elder care homes prone to flooding is an interactive map.

Flood Tools shows you, historically, how likely a particular address is to be flooded.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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  1. In times of catastrophe – whether it is a flood or a storm – it is the people we feel the most comfortable around that we look toward.

    While teachers may not be the ones many folks think of first, who else manages our children, our lives, and our personal education on a daily basis?

    I am not sure of the likelihood of a “catastrophic storm” hitting Sacramento, but in any event – whatever calamity comes calling, I bet we see teachers manning the community centers and care facilities.

    Who else is trained as well to deal with masses of people in need, providing order and guidance with little more than their organization skills?

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