‘Do people have to die?’ Why these Californians fear catastrophic floods.

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Brianna Sacks

A girl stands on the bank of a stream in Cutler, Calif., that overflowed during relentless rain. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

In a state that often forgets its rains can be just as harmful as its drought, creating new flood management strategies can often take decades of planning, conversations and management, said Julie Rentner, president of River Partners, which helps restore natural habitats and flood plains. And while there has been progress made and projects in the works, they can be tough for communities to take on, she said.

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