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Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 7:08 am, Tue Dec 4, 2012.

While Lodi was being pelted by rain Sunday morning, Erin Smith thought she should arrive at her Downtown restaurant — just in case there were any problems. She made the right decision.

When she arrived at about 9 a.m. Sunday, Smith discovered that the floor to Scooters restaurant and banquet room was completely flooded. She says the storm cap in front of the banquet room entrance on Elm Street flew off during the gale-force winds, causing the water to enter the building.

Smith had to close Scooters Sunday and Monday, and it may not reopen until Wednesday.

A client was scheduled to have a luncheon in the banquet room on Sunday, but Smith made arrangements for the luncheon to be moved to Lodi Beer Co.

A private firm, Restoration Management Co., pumped the water off the floor within two hours, Smith said. However, fans were still blowing the carpet dry at mid-day Monday. Chairs taken off the floor and plates, bowls and even a microwave oven were on tables normally used by customers.

Smith has six catering events scheduled for today, all but one of them away from the Scooters banquet room. However, one of them had to be relocated to Riaza Wines, a block away.

Smith will take food her employees were preparing Monday to Riaza and purchase wine from the establishment.

Riaza and Lodi Beer Co. are good examples of businesses helping each other, Smith said.

There was plenty of flooding all over Lodi on Sunday morning, and one resident reported a power outage on South Church Street. Another outage took place after storm water soaked a transformer off Ham Lane, just south of Kettleman Lane.

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

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

Southbound Highway 99 was closed to traffic Sunday morning 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 Sunday due to flooding. The intersection reopened to traffic at about 11 a.m., according to Sgt. Gerald Stoffel, Watch Commander for the Galt Police Department.

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

Flooding took place elsewhere in Galt, with some floodwaters encroaching on people’s yards, said Deputy Chief John Michellini of the Cosumnes Fire Department. However, all creeks and streams were below level during the worst of Sunday’s storm, 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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