Storm Crews Busy Over Weekend; Rain Expected Again Tuesday
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Sacramento city crews cleared more than 7,000 drains during the spate of storms that finally subsided Monday, but there’s more rain on the way.
The forecast calls for showers likely starting Tuesday afternoon and extending through Wednesday before the sun appears again Thursday. The weekend looks dry, with partly cloudy skies and highs in the low 60s.
The precipitation totals for Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to be around 1 inch to 1.5 inches in the valley north of Marysville, around half an inch to 0.75 of an inch around Marysville and Sacramento, and around a quarter of an inch in the northern San Joaquin Valley.
Snow levels are expected to be around 9,000 feet on Tuesday and dropping to around 7,000 feet by Wednesday night.
The city of Sacramento issued a storm update Monday in which it said crews cleared 7,468 drains and fielded 5,000 storm-related calls to the 311 call center during the most recent storms, including 4,194 calls over the weekend. A typical weekend generates about 700 calls.
The county received nearly 1,400 calls the past three days and said most service calls should be resolved by Monday night.
Sacramento received 4.74 inches of rain from the most recent storms, Elk Grove 5.96, Stockton 2.96 and Modesto 2.46.
Some areas were hit hard by flooding. A loud fan worked overtime in Jamie Crums’ Citrus Heights home Monday. He was drying out his living room that was under half a foot of water from the storms.
“We just put it in a year ago, but now it is no good,” he said of the floor.
His floor is ruined and his furniture wet. He stayed home from work Monday, forced to fix his home. Neighborhoods turned into lagoons as intense rain hammered the area Sunday.
A couple miles away, Dave Bulmer and his girlfriend Sue Housh were doing the same thing after their mobile home park flooded.
“We thought we were going to be OK until the water (from a neighboring creek) got so high it came over the wall,” he said. “There was nothing anybody could do.”
All their belongings sat outside their home, muddy, after a creek jumped the wall flooding more than a dozen homes.
“Your pictures and your records and stuff like that you can’t replace is just sopping wet,” Sue said.
Jamie said the city should have done more to clear drains.
Citrus Heights Public Works told CBS13 it had hundreds of calls during the storm and couldn’t keep up with the rushing water.
They will be inspecting drains like the one in Jamie’s yard to make sure there was nothing blocking the water.
“It’s very frustrating,” he said. “I’d assume with all these drains it would be enough to take care of it, but it just didn’t do it.”