The third large rainstorm moved through Northern California today and the demands it placed on storm drains was too much.
The past three days have been wet ones in Northern California, the rain was welcome and we desperately need it, but it would have been nice to spread the wealth of precipitation over a longer period of time.
From Twain Harte in Tuolumne County to San Andreas in Calaveras County, the rain today was a pounding, driving rain. With wind gusts as high as forty m.p.h. and rain fall totals in excess of more than an inch in only a couple of hours, the soil was simply not able to accept the rainfall.
One low lying area in San Andreas, Ca. with hillsides above it, more closely resembled a small lake. Cars were overwhelmed, and businesses were shut down temporarily while the worst of the flooding swept by.
The flooding seems to have left only minor damages to the businesses, shown in this one minute video from KCRA, and the vehicles were all towed from the deepest water with no injuries. No one was reported as being in grave danger from getting stuck in the deluge, but several people were discomfited when they had to leave their cars in the deepest sections of overwhelmed drains causing street flooding