Saturday, 13 April 2024

Winter storms continue to affect county

Lake County Public Works staff unclogged a drainage in Lucerne on Wednesday, January 20, 2010. A portion of nearby Foothill Drive and homes close to the area were threatened with possible flooding due to the drainage. Photo by Elizabeth Larson.




LAKE COUNTY – Heavy rains and even snow created challenges for residents around Lake County on Wednesday.

The rains, which had begun over the weekend, continued in steady fashion over many parts of the county Wednesday, with local creeks running fast after swelling with runoff.

County Roads Superintendent Steve Stangland, already shorthanded due to staff illnesses and vacations that already were scheduled, was trying to concentrate his crews on populated areas of the county, including Lucerne, where water was pooling on roadways and clogging drainages.

In Clearlake Oaks, road crews continued to deal with a collapsed retaining wall at Beryl Way, Stangland said.

Stangland also had his crews ready to respond with snow plows to the more remote areas of the county, including Bartlett Springs and Elk Mountain, where snow had fallen.

Snow plus more hail also hit the Cobb area, which has been hammered by all manner of storms this week.

Area resident Roger Kinney reported that Cobb once again saw thunder and lightning on Wednesday. Earlier in the week the thunder and lightning had been so fierce in his area, at 3,000 feet elevation, that it had set off his wife's car alarm. He said it snowed late into the night there.

Numerous rock and mud slides were affecting county highways, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A slide, complete with uprooted trees, was reported on Soda Bay Road near the Ferndale Resort in the morning, the CHP reported. Later in the day, boulders “the size of a vehicle” were reported along Highway 29 at the Coyote Grade in the early afternoon.

Winds helped knock down more power lines and trees on Wednesday.

A pine tree that fell along Bottle Rock Road on Tuesday was still causing headaches for road crews a day later. Stangland said they hoped to see the portion of Bottle Rock Road Between Sulphur Creek Road and Highway 175 reopened late Wednesday.

Some utilities were affected by the storms, including AT&T services because of the Bottle Rock Road situation. Later in the day, parts of the county were affected by a Mediacom Internet service outage that lasted well over 12 hours.

Wet weather is expected to continue through the week's end, but with precipitation forecast to taper off.

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