From the Great Flood of 1862 to soaking rains in Northern California during winter 2017, take a look back at some of the state's major floods. This collection of dramatic images from a century and a half of California history illustrates the potential for dangerous, even deadly, flooding in the state, starting with the Great Flood.
The 1861-1862 storms produced the largest incidences of flooding in the recorded histories of three states, including California. Water inundated a widespread part of the West Coast due to consecutive weeks of steady rainfall that began late in 1861 and continued through the new year. Note:
This gallery will be updated as more images become available.