California's much-needed rains took their toll Monday night on an Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) train transporting commuters between the San Joaquin and Silicon Valleys. Mudslides and a possible tree fall derailed two of the five passenger cars.
On the one month anniversary of the mudside that wiped out much of Oso, Wash., President Obama came to tour the devastation. The death toll stands at 41, with two missing. Restoring the region's economic lifeline, state Route 530, is top priority.
The death toll in this rural area 55 miles north of Seattle in Snohomish County is expected to rise. Rain had saturated the ground and led to the collapse of a hillside about 600 feet high and 1,500 feet long. But was the slide foreseeable?