SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Francisco Bay Area was doused with yet another overnight storm late Sunday into Monday. But it appears that the downed trees and power outages could have been a parting gift from the historic downpours, as mostly bright skies crowd forecasts for the foreseeable future.
The National Weather Service’s 12-hour precipitation totals from 8 p.m. Sunday to 8 a.m. Monday morning showed healthy amounts of rainfall throughout the region, with most parts of the Bay Area exceeding an inch of rain. Totals include 1.18 inches in San Jose, 1.17 in San Francisco, 1.24 in Walnut Creek and 1.38 in Oakland.
With saturated soils making it easier for trees to fall and clogged drains making way for flooding, there was no shortage of damage from the storms.
The overnight deluge inundated several properties in East Contra Costa County.
The hardest rain appeared to fall in the predawn hours of Monday morning – causing 3-foot-deep flood waters to surround the house of Ryan Orosco, 35, along Bixler Road near Brentwood. His house is raised, meaning that none of the water managed to get inside.
Shortly after daybreak, he carried his wife and son out of their house and to dry land through bone-chilling cold water.
“If you were to stand on our porch, it looks like a river running through it,” Orosco said.
Next door, his parents’ property fared worse. About 3 or 4 inches of water seeped inside, forcing them to leave their house at about 5 a.m. and spend the rest of their morning in their car across the street on dry land.
“It’s really stressful to deal with it,” Orosco said. “It just baffles me how much water came down.”
“I’m looking forward to it being over,” he added, referring to the recent string of atmospheric rivers to hit the state. “I’m looking forward to going out and enjoying the sunshine when it comes out.”