Fallen redwoods slow highways, and more rain foreseen
Torrential storms that began last week have been especially hard on redwood trees in Del Norte County, and another drenching is on the way.
A Friday landslide that partially covered U.S. Highway 101 deposited about 2,000 cubic yards of debris, including a cluster of redwoods.
The slide restricted traffic to one lane about three miles south of Crescent City.
Caltrans officials said Monday they're not sure when they'll have the debris cleared.
Three redwood trees fell on U.S. Highway 199 near Walker Road on Thursday evening, causing a closure for two hours.
The rains that began Wednesday accumulated to as much as 16 inches in some parts of the county; Crescent City received 7.71 inches, Gasquet 13.32 inches, and Smith River 9.65 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
The brunt of the storm hitCrescent City on Thursday, whenmore than 4 inches of rain fell.
On Saturday around 11 p.m., there was an outage affecting 305 residents that lasted until 12:33 a.m. Sunday while workers removed a tree limb from a power line, said Monte Mendenhall, a spokesperson for Pacific Power.
Smaller outages were reported throughout the weekend, Mendenhall said.
The highest winds in Crescent City gusted to 53 mph around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, and areas near Gasquet recorded up to 75 mph, said Shawn Palmquist, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Eureka.
The November rainfall total for Crescent City was 12.32 inches, while Gasquet had 18 inches and Klamath received 12 inches.
After a brief respite, the county is expected to be saturated with up to 4 more inches of rain through Wednesday.
After that, "It looks pretty dry into the middle of next week," saidPalmquist, adding that early monthly forecasts are leaning toward an above-average rain total for December.
Temperatures through next Monday will stay steadily between the upper-50s to mid-40s, Palmquist said.
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