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Friday, 12 December 2014 20:51

Largest Storm in Years Yields 2.86 Inches of Rain

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The Donnelly Park Pond reached one of the playgrounds on Friday due to the large amount of rain that hit Turlock on Thursday. 12-12-14 The Donnelly Park Pond reached one of the playgrounds on Friday due to the large amount of rain that hit Turlock on Thursday. 12-12-14 TurlockCityNews.com
The worst of the storm that hit Turlock on Thursday has come and gone, but the City of Turlock is still trying to manage leftover water.

According to Municipal Services Director for the City of Turlock Michael Cooke, Turlock received 2.86 inches of rain in approximately 12 hours.

The National Weather Service only predicted around 1 to 1.5 inches of rain for the duration of the storm.

Due to the large amount of rain in such a short period of time, City employees work around the clock to try to keep streets from flooding.

“Because of the large volume of rain in such a short period, there was some surcharging of the stormwater collection system which resulted in some localized street flooding,” said Cooke. “Staff from the Utilities Division and Public Facilities Maintenance Division worked diligently to place sandbags in areas that appeared at-risk from flooding.”

Cooked added that leaves clogged the catch basins, which also added to the localized street flooding.

Despite the City of Turlock giving out approximately 4,000 sandbags on Thursday, Main Street and Hawkeye Avenue were both saw a great deal of flood, along with several other Turlock roads.

Another 200 sandbags were given out to the public on Friday. Sandbags are available 24 hours a day at the Municipal Services Department, located at 901 S. Walnut Rd.

On Friday, Taylor Road was closed due to flooding and a portion of Hawkeye Avenue remained flood throughout the day.

The large storm filled nearly saw the Donnelly Park pond and the storm basin on Christoffersen Parkway nearly fill into the streets.

“The storm resulted in all of our storm basins being filled almost to capacity,” said Cooke. “This has not happened for a number of years, perhaps a decade or more.”

However, early on Friday, the Turlock Irrigation District granted the City of Turlock permission to drain storm basins into TID canals.

“Donnelly and Dianne Ponds are being emptied into TID Lateral 4 (Canal Dr) to create capacity in all of our storm basins for the next significant rain event that's forecast to arrive some time on Monday,” said Cooked.

Turlock should see a small break in the rain on Saturday, but according to the National Weather Service, rain could return as Sunday. Rain is predicted to continue until Wednesday of next week.

Despite flooding around Turlock, Cooke believed that the system worked very well considering the severity of the storm.

“City staff worked hard to prepare for the storm and investments in the stormwater system over the past 20 years have reduced the impacts of such storms on our citizens,” said Cooke.

Cooke also praised the efforts of the Public Facilities, Utility, and Electrical Mechanical maintenance workers, who stayed to work until midnight; some workers worked throughout the night to provide storm relief. 


Motorists had to drive through a flooded portion of Hawkeye Avenue on Friday. 12-12-14
Brandon McMillan/TurlockCityNews.com

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  1. tommy

Your grammatical errors make you come off as an inadequate source for quality news.

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