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Posted: Monday, March 21, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:33 am, Mon Mar 21, 2011.

A vehicle hit a pedestrian at about 11 p.m. Saturday at Highway 88 and Mackville Road in Clements, according to the Clements Rural Fire District.

No further information was available on Sunday from either Clements Fire or the California Highway Patrol.

Otherwise, the Lodi area went mostly unscathed considering the pouring rain and howling winds throughout the area on Saturday and early Sunday morning.

Rain will remain in the forecast this week as several storms are scheduled to hit California, according to AccuWeather.com, a private forecasting service.

On Sunday, a large oak tree fell onto Woodson Road, just east of Lower Sacramento Road, causing the westbound lane to be closed for more than an hour, according to the California Highway Patrol. Officers were dispatched at 10:23 a.m. Sunday. The roadway was cleared by 11:43 a.m.

Meanwhile, the city of Lodi reported 10 trees that fell to the ground on Saturday and six reports of power outages, according to city spokesman Jeff Hood. Three of the outages were from individual homes, while three others were from small areas. Some 24 to 95 customers were affected, Hood said.

In another outage, one of Lodi's electrical substations had a momentary circuit break, affecting 171 more customers.

And a utility pole broke in the 400 block of North Shamrock, Hood said. It will be replaced this week.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. reported 810 customers without power in San Joaquin County. That doesn't include the city of Lodi, which has its own electric utility. The largest outage in PG&E's service area was on Duncan Road between Copperopolis Road and Highway 26 in the Linden area, where 810 customers were affected.

The Mokelumne River was higher than normal during the weekend because the East Bay Municipal Utility District released nearly 800 cubic feet per second of water from Camanche Reservoir to make sure the dam doesn't overflow. That makes Mokelumne water downstream from Camanche rushing at a more rapid pace.

EBMUD spokesman Charles Hardy said on Sunday he had heard nothing new about water releases at Camanche.

The weather will remain wet and cold all week, with the snow level at times reaching 2,000 feet, according to AccuWeather meteorologist John Dlugoenski.

"It's not going to be a very nice week," Dlugoenski said.

The storms could produce two to four inches at the 2,500 level, as much as six inches at 5,000 feet and three to four feet at the 7,500-foot level, he said.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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