An Escape From One of These Communities Could Prove Difficult in a Public Emergency

We will never forget the images out of Paradise, California as the fast-moving Camp Fire tore through last year. The town’s main ingress-egress road, Skyway, was backed up for miles. People abandoned their cars and fled on foot to escape the inferno that flanked them. In the end, 86 people died.

It could happen again. A new analysis from traffic analytics company StreetLight Data shows California has the second largest number of communities with limited evacuation routes (14 towns out of 100 identified by StreetLight Data nationwide). Florida topped the list with 20 vulnerable communities.

Here are the 14 California communities identified by StreetLight Data as being difficult to escape during a natural disaster:

Coto de Caza (Orange) Bell Canyon (Ventura) Lompico (Santa Cruz) Ladera (San Mateo) Temescal Valley (Riverside) Knights Landing (Yolo) Coronado (San Diego) Oak Park (Ventura) Pine Canyon (Monterey) Fetters Hot Springs (Sonoma) Los Osos (San Luis Obispo) Brooktrails (Mendocino) Lake California (Tehama) Fillmore (Ventura)

Data is compiled and reported by StreetLight Data.

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