California Highway Collapses – level 2

08-02-2021 07:00

A winter storm in California, US, brought heavy rain and snow. As a result, a part of a highway collapsed into the ocean on Friday.

California officials explained how it happened. There was a lot of rainwater and the drainage pipes could not take all the water away. The water flowed onto the highway and it damaged the road. Luckily, there were no cars on the road when it happened and nobody got hurt.

Winter storms caused an emergency in two California counties, and thousands of people had to leave homes. Officials were not surprised when the accident happened. The road is on the edge of a hill and it brings some risks. Hills can slide and rocks can fall. People cannot do anything about it because nature is strong.

Difficult words: collapse (to fall down without any warning), drainage (pipes which take water to the ground), slide (to move easily along something).

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