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City of Modesto wastewater collection system operators Alex Ortega and Vicente Loya spent part of Wednesday afternoon pumping up the "lake" that formed at the intersection of Emerald and Maze following a night of steady rain. Draining the pond outside Franklin Elementary School required several trips to empty their truck's 2,400 gallon tank. Photographed on Wednesday.
City of Modesto wastewater collection system operators Alex Ortega and Vicente Loya spent part of Wednesday afternoon pumping up the "lake" that formed at the intersection of Emerald and Maze following a night of steady rain. Draining the pond outside Franklin Elementary School required several trips to empty their truck's 2,400 gallon tank. Photographed on Wednesday. Modesto Bee

More than three-fourths of an inch of rain fell on Modesto on Wednesday, creating some street flooding, such as this "lake" at Emerald Avenue and Maze Boulevard. Modesto waste-water collection system operators Alex Ortega, left, and Vicente Loya spent part of their day getting the water to go away. Draining the pond outside Franklin Elementary School required several trips to empty their truck's 2,400 gallon tank. Crew leader Jared Walters of the city's Urban Forestry Department was showered by sawdust and rain as he trimmed red oak trees in the 800 block of Carolyn Avenue. Don't expect much of a break in the weather the rest of this week, forecasters say. There should be more rain today, showers likely Friday, a chance of showers Saturday and steadier rain probable on Sunday. The Sierra should get more snow, too, and roads will be slippery. Remember to carry chains

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