Heavy storm slams area

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson In Northern California, which bore the brunt of the storm’s power, cleanup was the order of the day Monday. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in seven northern counties, including Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Napa, Sacramento, Sonoma and Trinity. Initial estimates put the damage throughout Northern California at more than $100 million. Meanwhile, authorities continued to repair and monitor several levees that had either breached, cracked or overtopped from the San Francisco Bay area to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, causing flooding and evacuations of dozens of residents. The Russian River at Guerneville was receding after remaining for hours at 41 feet – 9 feet above flood stage – but officials said it likely wouldn’t fall below flood stage until this morning. Hundreds of homes were flooded but most of the downtown area was spared, Sonoma County spokesman Dan Levin said Monday. WHITTIER – A storm that brought heavy rain and winds gusting up to 48 mph in the local hills drenched the Whittier area Monday, downing several trees and power lines. The good news, said National Weather Service specialist Bonnie Bartling, was that the storm was expected to pack its last punch Monday night, with much drier weather predicted for the rest of the week. “The rain should end (Monday) night, but Tuesday should be sunny, along with the rest of the week,” Bartling said. “We’ll see highs from the upper 50s to the mid-60s, and lows from the upper 30s to the 40s.” Overall, Bartling said, the rainfall total for the 36-hour storm in the Whittier Hills was 0.84 of an inch. At least three deaths were blamed on the storm, caused by falling trees, including one Sunday when a tree fell onto a woman’s car on Highway 1 near Salinas, authorities said. The heavy rains kept local police and fire officials busy throughout the morning with reports of downed trees, power lines, minor flooding and a couple of power outages in Whittier and La Habra. No one was injured in any of the storm-related incidents, authorities said. “There were just a lot of calls about trees down and wires down,” said Whittier Police Sgt. Wyatt Powell. cqI think we had a bad (storm) cell move through in the morning that caused some damage, but that was it. “There was some damage to houses and vehicles, but no reports of significant damage,” Wyatt added. Lt. John Voza cqof the sheriff’s Norwalk Station said the agency received about 20 calls of downed trees, mostly in La Mirada and South Whittier, between 9:30 a.m. and 1p.m. Sgt. Anthony Romo of the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station said there were some traffic lights that went out throughout the city, “but there were no major disruptions or emergent types of situations.” In La Habra, the power went out about 11:30 a.m. near Cypress Street and Fourth Avenue, but the electricity was back on line by 3p.m. And in Montebello, minor flooding took place at Greenwood Avenue and Sycamore Street, prompting authorities to shut down the roadway for a couple of hours, said Lt. Mike Higashi. The area saw sporadic pounding rain, hail and 40 mph winds, and minor rock and mud slides were reported on canyon roads. Gusts reached up to 79 mph in Angeles National Forest. Forecasters called for up to 4 inches in the coastal valleys and 6 inches in the mountains. The Marin County town of San Anselmo, north of San Francisco, sustained about $40 million in damage after a flooded creek inundated downtown with 4 feet of water, coating city streets with mud. Officials estimated about 50 downtown businesses were damaged. About two miles west in Fairfax, three homes were nearly wiped out by mudslides. Water also receded below flood stage in the heart of wine country along the Napa River, which reached 5 feet above flood levels at the town of Napa and inundated several downtown blocks. Napa officials said about 600 homes and 150 businesses were flooded, causing an estimated $50 million in damage. A layer of mud and debris coated city streets but most flooded roads had been reopened by Monday. Floods also swamped thousands of acres of wine country land, but vintners said the weather wasn’t expected to have much impact on the 2006 crop. Growers recently finished bringing in the 2005 harvest and the vines are now dormant. The Associated Press contributed to this story. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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