Those who were in Novato on January 4, 1982, recognized the impact of generalized flooding in Novato and its effect on lives even if you were not in the flood area.
Access to schools, hospitals, businesses and emergency services were all hindered or precluded by the high waters and the subsequent clean-up effort. Even Highway 101 was closed by flood waters.
The cost of the flooding was significant even to those whose properties were not directly affected. Expensive government service costs were incurred in the direct flood fight, subsequent clean-up and in damage to public facilities.