Clear Skies Return To San Diego

Five-Day Storm Wreaked Havoc On County

Clear skies have returned to San Diego County after five days of rain that produced sewage spills, mudslides, street flooding, flooded streets, uprooted trees and many vehicle accidents.

During the five-day storm, which began Friday and ended Tuesday night, about 2.37 inches of rain fell at Lindbergh Field, 4.12 inches in Carlsbad, 7.19 inches in Fallbrook, 4.52 inches in Ramona, 4.44 inches in Rancho Bernardo, 4.95 inches in Julian and 15.97 inches at Palomar Mountain, National Weather Service forecaster Stan Wasowski said.

Three North County beaches and Mission Bay remain closed Wednesday after the storm caused sewage to spill into the ocean.

San Onofre State Beach, South Carlsbad State Beach and Cardiff State Beach were declared off limits to recreational users Tuesday, pending further testing, county Department of Health officials said.

Commuters who normally take Metrolink trains from Oceanside or San Clemente started their morning trek by bus Wednesday because of a mudslide that buried a stretch of track south of the San Clemente Pier, Metrolink officials said.

An 18-year-old woman died and five others were injured Tuesday when a 50-foot tree fell fell across state Route 163, California Highway Patrol officials said.

The tree was one of two that fell onto the freeway near downtown San Diego at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, likely as a result of the rainfall that left the ground saturated, CHP Officer Mark Gregg said.

Caltrans officials say they will inspect state Route 163 and other highways for leaning or weakly rooted trees this week.

Meanwhile, the Sweetwater Rive Channel overflowed and flooded the Chula Vista Municipal Golf Course. The flooding forced one Bonita preschool to evacuate to drier land and residents near Central Avenue to sweep water from their property.

Geologists are assessing various locations in Kensington to determine if land is sound. Tuesday, a landslide knocked down an eight-tier retaining wall near Canterbury Road. And, another landslide forced officials to close Aldene Road. City crews continue to clean up debris left by the landslides.

A 49-year-old California Highway Patrol officer suffered two broken legs and other serious injuries when he was struck by a vehicle that hydroplaned on Interstate 5 in the San Onofre area on Monday, authorities said.

Officer Gary Hoag, a 23-year CHP veteran, was treated at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, CHP Officer Tom Kerns said.

City, County Sandbag Locations The city of San Diego is offering free sandbags for use as temporary berms. They are available at the following locations:

  • Belmont Park Lifeguard Headquarters (near Giant Dipper roller coaster);
  • Fire Station 21, 750 Grand Ave.
  • Fire Station 28, 3880 Kearny Villa Road
  • Fire Station 37, 11640 Spring Canyon Drive
  • Fire Station 39, 4949 La Cuenta Drive

CDF fire stations are also offering sandbags and sand at the following locations: Ramona 24462 San Vicente Road 3410 Dye Road

Julian 1587 Highway 78

Crest 1811 Suncrest Blvd.

Lakeside, Alpine, Blossom Valley, Harbison 14008 Business Route 8 (Old Highway 80)

Valley Center /Palomar Mountain area 28741 Cole Grade Road 28205 N. Lake Wohlford Road 16971 Highway 76

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