As storms wash in, Modesto battens down the hatches

11/28/2012 9:22 AM

11/28/2012 8:46 PM

Public works crews took to the streets to clear the waterlogged leaves that dropped, making for slick conditions. The California Highway Patrol responded to several fender-benders, but no major incidents were reported as of Wednesday evening.

There were at least 10 weather- related wrecks in Modesto by 5 p.m., four of which occurred from about 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., said police officer Scott Nelson.

He said most of the crashes resulted in minimal to no injury or property damage. The most serious happened at McHenry Avenue and Robin Hood Drive when a driver hit a bicyclist, who suffered a bruised femur. The wet road affected the car's braking distance, which contributed to the collision, Nelson said.

"Hopefully, people over the next three days will slow down and give themselves extra time to get where they are going," he said.

Only localized flooding was reported.

"We're just battening down the hatches," said Modesto Regional Fire Battalion Chief Hugo Patino. He said that with plenty of storage in reservoirs, officials weren't anticipating any major flooding.

By Wednesday night, more than a third of an inch of rain had fallen on downtown Modesto, according to the Modesto Irrigation District.

It was a different story in San Francisco, where blustery conditions resulted in the delay or cancellation of several flights. Other regional airports did not report problems, but with more rough weather ahead, officials advise travelers to check with their airlines.

Forecasters expect the soggy conditions to continue, with more rain and wind through the weekend. Highs in the valley should be in the 60s.

Friday, the chance of rain is 100 percent, the National Weather Service predicted. The expected storm prompted the city of Ceres to postpone its Christmas festival, originally set for Saturday. Events in Modesto, Oakdale and Hughson are set to go on as planned.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

To report power failures in Modesto, call (209) 526-8222 or (888) 897-8222.

In the Turlock Irrigation District area, call (209) 883-8301.

Sandbags are available for Modesto residents by calling the Streets Division at (209) 342-2244.

In Turlock, sandbags are available at 901 S. Walnut Road between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Stanislaus County residents can call (209) 525-4130 for sandbags.

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