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San Diego residents welcome rain, wary of flooding

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Posted at 6:35 PM, Jan 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-14 21:35:47-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego County needs rain to avoid a drought, but some residents kept a wary eye on the skies as the storm arrived Monday.

In Del Mar, signs reading ‘keep out’ were posted along an oceanfront bluff compromised by rainfall. During the last significant rainfall, a 30-foot-long section of bluff collapsed and temporarily shut down train traffic.

Engineers are working to determine the bluff’s safety. They told 10News water gets into fissures in the cliffs, making it unstable.

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“We are keeping watch now, extra careful, mindful,” said Del Mar resident Brett Matson.

In the mountains, visitors who traveled to higher elevations to see snow went home disappointed. A foot of snow fell on Mount Laguna Monday morning but dissolved as heavy rainfall moved in.

“We had it coming down on us about an hour ago…brought the dog out, running all around,” said a visitor.

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Conditions were also less than ideal because the government shutdown closed the visitor center - and its bathroom.

In the South Bay, barriers were put in place at Airway and La Media Roads due to street flooding.

Homeowners took precautions to keep water off their properties. Many residents picked up free sandbags on F Street.

"Last time it rained, two weeks ago, my crawlspace flooded. I'm gonna put all the sandbags and make sure it doesn't happen again. We're not used to this stuff, it's San Diego, we're used to sun and this is what we get. But we need it, we need rain,” said Juan Zapeda.