A Lot of Rain, A Little Flooding

Central Contra Costa receives more than a half-inch of rain while portions of Marina Vista in Martinez flood

Central Contra Costa County got another dose of heavy rainfall Sunday as a storm system traveled through the area, causing a few outages and some minor flooding in Martinez.

The National Weather Service reported about a third of an inch of rain fell in the Concord area from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The region got .67 inches from 2 p.m. Saturday to 2 p.m. Sunday.

In Orinda, .66 inches of rain was reported from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. while 1.14 inches was recorded in the same 24-hour period.

The rain caused some minor flooding in Martinez. Several sections of Marina Vista were covered in water. The most serious flooding was near Shell Avenue (see video).

The parking lots at the Martinez Marina also had some flooding in low-lying spots. Downtown Martinez did not have any flooding as of Sunday afternoon.

The largest power outage was reported in Orinda. Pacific Gas & Electric Company's outage map on Sunday afternoon showed 764 customers were without power from an outage was reported at 1:08 p.m. Power was back on before 5 p.m.

Another 65 people had power knocked out in Orinda at 1 p.m. due to tree damage. Electricity was expected to return at 9 p.m.

In addition, 13 customers in Lafayette lost electricity at 2:15 p.m. No estimate on when power would be retored.

In Martinez, 109 customers lost power shortly before 5 p.m. There was no estimate on when electricity would be restored.

A power line was reported down in Alamo, knocking out electricity for 48 customers. That happened at 11:40 a.m. Power was expected back on at 6 p.m.

The forecast calls for mostly sunny skies on Monday, Christmas Eve. Rain is now likely on Tuesday, Christmas Day. Showers are predicted for Wednesday as well with most sunny skies on Thursday.

Jed December 24, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Martinez cars are afloat and Martinez boats are aground. Nice balance --- NOT! The city won't do anything to fix the drains or dredge the marina. Only two things left that will get me to downtown... Amtrak or jury duty (neither of which are reliable).


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