The Santa Paula Creek was running quickly but caused no problems along the creekbed or in the Santa Clara River along the Santa Paula Airport. (Photo by Don Johnson)

Weekend storm doesn’t bring expected punch, no damage in SP

January 30, 2008
Santa Paula News
By Peggy Kelly Santa Paula TimesThe weekend storm didn’t bring quite the punch Mother Nature was expected to deliver but did bring the rain totals up following a year of record drought.Almost a foot of rain has fallen on Santa Paula since the beginning of the year with 2.3 inches from the latest storm surge, according to weather event was unusual with Saturday and Sunday alternating between sunshine and showers, calm skies and strong wind gusts.Mountain ranges were covered in snow causing concern that with the warmer rain forecast for the weekend the melt could create dangerous conditions.Although warnings had been issued that the showers could trigger mudslides in burn areas and bring down trees sitting in soggy soil, the storm was less than forecast and there was no damage in Santa Paula.
“The streets’ crew was prepared and the storm passed right through...we did great,” said Interim Public Works Director Jon Turner. “We didn’t have any trees fall over and the drains were working great.”Turner said that the lack of damage and incidents was due to a “combination of being prepared and the rain being spaced out, a regular rain like the rest of the world. I know they got hail and thunder storms in Ventura, but out here we go some thunder storms but no hail. It was smooth sailing: some thunder then the rain went away. The storm was great because we need it,” and better yet because of the lack of emergencies in the city that a stronger storm could have brought.The Santa Clara River and Santa Paula Creek flowed at a fast, steady rate but waters remained well within the banks.Monday dawned bright and clear but there is a slight chance of showers forecasted for Wednesday, Friday and through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

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