Sunday, 14 April 2024

Weather raises water levels, continues making travel tricky

LAKE COUNTY – Power outages, difficult road conditions and wet weather were still in evidence around Lake County on Thursday, as the winter storms continued.


The storms, which began earlier this week, have turned out to be good news for the county's water supply, with creeks and Clear Lake all noting measurable improvements, according to US Geological Survey gauges stationed around the county.


Clear Lake was reported at 2.72 feet Rumsey late Thursday, having risen from below 1.0 foot Rumsey less than a week ago, the USGS reported.


Traveling along county roads proved challenging in some parts of the county, particularly the Cobb area, which continued to get snow on Thursday. Lake County Public Works reported that chains were required on all county maintained roads in Cobb.


One reader reported that on Thursday morning motorists traveling along Highway 175 between the Cobb school and Loch Lomond were sliding sideways on the road and blocking traffic because they lacked chains or four-wheel drive capability on their vehicles.


The California Highway Patrol reported a jacknifed truck that blocked the roadway between Loch Lomond Road and Harrington Flat Road at around 9:30 a.m. on Highway 175 in the Cobb area, with eight other vehicles reported stuck due to snowy conditions. Over an hour later the road was reopened.


During the course of the day the county's roads department responded to the Cobb area, where they plowed the roads and put down sand.


Throughout the rest of the day, reports would continue to come in about vehicles stuck in the snow or trees down across roadways in the Cobb area, according to the CHP. A noninjury solo vehicle collision reported just before 3:30 p.m. had a vehicle dangling over the embankment on Bottle Rock Road, three miles from Kelseyville.


Other roadway trouble spots around the county on Thursday included Scotts Valley Road near Lakeport, closed between Highway 20 and Laurel Dell Road due to flooding; Rose Anderson Road, from Maria Vista Road to Van Dorn Reservoir Road in the Middletown area, closed due to a downed power pole and lines; and Douglas Terrace in Lucerne, closed because of a downed tree and power lines, according to the roads department.


Snow was reported falling in the Bartlett Springs and Elk Mountain Road areas, where roads were open. However, county officials urged anyone traveling in those areas to have chains and four-wheel drive.


Also on Thursday, power outages continued in Cobb.


Jana Morris, a spokesperson for Pacific Gas & Electric Co., reported that two separate outages affecting nearly 700 customers were reported at about 2:30 p.m.


Both outages appeared to be storm related, Morris said. Power was restored later in the evening.


To see some of Thursday's snow fall in Cobb, see area resident Roger Kinney's video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_grz-TEjFI .


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