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Record Rainfall in San Diego Produces Flooding

28 Feb 2017, 10:12 am

[Credit: National Weather Service, San Diego via Twitter from Fashion Valley]

Heavy rainfall moved through Southern California Monday, the heaviest rain total in nearly 12 years. New rainfall records were set in San Diego, Escondido, and Palomar Mountain. Yearly rainfall has already jumped to above average levels as some areas have seen more than 6″ of rain since Sunday morning.

Lots of flooding problems were found in San Diego. Motorists ran into slippery conditions, creating hundreds of accidents. Petco Park was inundated with water.

Roadways were covered in water, stranding vehicles in some areas. Many roadways had to be closed due to standing water or mudslides.

Trees were knocked down onto roadways and power lines. According to the San Diego Union-Times, “power outages hit more than 5,000 utility customers across the county, including more than 4,000 in Oceanside, roughly 1,000 around Mission Valley and Clairemont, and about 1,000 east of Spring Valley, according to San Diego Gas & Electric.”

The San Diego River crested at its third highest level on record this morning, 14.15 feet. The record is 19.3 feet. Some areas had to be evacuated due to rising water and many roads were closed.

The water has started to recede as the river has crested. Conditions should improve across the area today with dry weather expected through the weekend and into next week.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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