The Cons of Rain


Jeanine Martinez

Caitlyn Stark kicks up rainwater during lunch on Thursday, December 6, 2018, before all after school events were cancelled due to flash flooding.

Jeanine Martinez, Editor-in-Chief

Following the most recent storm was the joy for fresh water in the desert and the heartache that the rushing water brought to victims of California’s fires.

For 8th graders during lunch, excitement was buzzing in the air as the sounds of rain coming down mixed with the squeals of joy. Friends splashed around in the puddles and paid no mind to the cold.

“I enjoyed the rain by messing around with my friends and just having a good time.” 8th grader Caitlyn Stark didn’t spend her lunch time eating food but rather spent it kicking up water in retaliation to her friends who jumped in the puddles close to her. “Today will be the best memory of the rain.”

Although Stark and many others enjoyed the moment and had fun letting themselves be free and get wet, the heavy rain was a disaster for any land touched by the most recent wildfires.

Due to all the ash and debris left behind by the Hills and Woolsey fires, the rain was a trigger for mudslides and caused more problems for victims of the fires. Residents prepared for the worse as they filled up bags of sand in an attempt to stop what they could.

“It’s scary… The rain can be really pretty but it can get dangerous.” junior Marissa Mcgillick, recalled her darkest memory of the beauty of the storms. “Here, in the desert, the rain causes those flash floods and people can die from that!” Similarly, she gave her sympathies to those affected by the fires who are now forced to face the devastation brought by flooding.

You can predict the weather and estimate the damages done, but you can never guess the emotional toll disasters have on people.