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Second day of storms less messy than first

No road closures or power outages, officials say

Despite another day of driving rain, Palo Alto escaped Saturday's thunderstorm largely unscathed, police Sgt. Sandra Brown said at 5 p.m.

No roads closed due to flooding, nor did creeks overflow, she said.

There were four minor car collisions because of the storm but no one was injured, she said.

And the lights stayed on, according to Russ Kamiyama, city manager of electrical operations.

An electric "troubleman" was on-call all day to respond to reports of interrupted television cables but no homes lost power, he said.

Friday's driving rain and gale-force winds caused more obvious interruptions than Saturday's stormy weather, with road closures on the Embarcadero and Oregon Expressway underpasses at Alma St. and East Bayshore Road at San Antonio Road.

And several hundred customers lost power Friday morning before lines were repaired shortly before 11 a.m., Kamiyama said.

But winds and rain subsided Friday evening and all roads were open on Saturday morning, Brown said.

And while worried residents gathered at the Chaucer Street Bridge on Friday afternoon to stare at the swollen San Francisquito Creek, water levels sunk that evening as the rain tapered off.

Yet there is one small storm victim -- a ruby-crowned kinglet brought to Wildlife Rescue's shelter soaking wet and exhausted "didn't make it," according to Weekend Coordinator Yasaman Shakeri.

Comments

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 6, 2008 at 10:47 am

Unfortunately, nature succumbing to nature, is what nature is all about. Survival of the fittest and all that.


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