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Lot of flooding in Lodi-Galt area Sunday

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Posted: Sunday, December 2, 2012 1:35 pm | Updated: 7:05 am, Tue Dec 4, 2012.

The Lodi-Galt area survived this morning’s downpour relatively unscathed, authorities say.

There was plenty of flooding all over Lodi this morning, and one resident reported a power outage on South Church Street. Another power outage was caused by an estimated 8 feet of water shorting out an electrical transformer off Ham and Kettleman lanes.

“A huge downpour at 8:30 or 9 a.m. overwhelmed our storm drain system,” Lodi city spokesman Jeff Hood said late Sunday morning. “About half the town called in already.”

But by mid-day, storm drains had subsided, Hood said.

This morning, southbound Highway 99 was closed to traffic from Turner Road to Victor Road when the highway flooded below the underpass, according to California Highway Patrol spokesman James Smith. Highway 99 reopened by about 11:15 a.m.

Galt officials closed the intersection of Walnut Avenue and Park Terrace Drive in the city’s northeast area this morning due to flooding. The intersection reopened to traffic at about 11 a.m., according to Gerald Stoeffel, watch commander for the Galt Police Department.

The CHP closed northbound Highway 99 at Ayers Road in Galt this morning because vehicles were speeding through the heavily flooded highway, Stoeffel said.

Flooding took place elsewhere in Galt, some of which encroached on people’s yards, said Deputy Chief John Michellini of the Cosumnes Fire Department. However, all creeks and streams were below level this morning, Michellini said.

Roadway flooding was also reported at Lower Sacramento and Liberty roads at 1:15 p.m., according to the CHP.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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1 comment:

  • Michael Thompson posted at 9:45 am on Tue, Dec 4, 2012.

    winston Posts: 97

    This is a perfect reason why the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) should continue. Private insurers will never write business in areas of potential of catastrophic loss.



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