Photos: Bomb Cyclone Floods California

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Workers try to divert water into drains as rain pours down on October 24, 2021 in Marin City, California.

Workers try to divert water into drains as rain pours down on October 24, 2021 in Marin City, California.
Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images)

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but infrastructure failed to handle heavy rain. It’s become the story of the U.S.—and the world—this year as no-name rainstorm after no-name rainstorm has left infrastructure backed up.

This summer alone, rains left the New York metro area, Detroit, and Tennessee underwater in the U.S. Abroad, large swaths of Europe, India, and China were also blitzed by heavy rains.

These types of freak downpours are becoming disturbingly common in an overheating world, and the wide scope of damage shows that nowhere is immune. While this is technically the start of California’s wet season, the intensity of the rain that fell over the weekend was unheard of. Some locations set all-time daily rainfall records, including Sacramento, while numerous others set records for the month or day.

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