Tony Reed
Del Norte Triplicate

Around the county Sunday and Monday, drivers saw many flooded roads and higher than normal flows in the Smith River along U.S. 199.

The weekend storm pummeled the area with more than four inches of rain, resulting in minor flooding and road closures.

California Highway Patrol closed California 197 at mile marker 2 Monday for a landslide that brought trees, mud and rocks down across both lanes. As of Monday night, it was reported that more debris had come down and caused flooding.

Caltrans crews used heavy equipment to clear the slide, delaying the road’s opening to Tuesday morning, according to Caltrans spokesman Myles Cochrane.

The system also caused a rapid rise on the Smith River, bringing water levels at the Dr. Fine Bridge and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park within monitor stage, but the river didn’t reach flood stage.

Crescent City Public Works Director Jon Olson said around the city, crews had their hands full but were able to manage the extra water flows without any major problems.

“Our operational staff at the wastewater treatment plant managed beautifully,” he said, citing great operational skills, “and were able to pass through all the flows without any spills at the plant. ”

He said crews were out all night Sunday and into Monday looking for issues around Crescent City but only encountered minor flooding. He said that at the time, the collection system was overwhelmed but with the help of an outside contractor, the city was able to manage.

Del Norte County Roads Superintendent Jeff Daniels said his crews have spent the last couple days clearing culverts and dealing with slides.

Daniels said his crews had to deal with landslides in Smith River, Klamath and on Klamath Beach Road. He said that while the weather has cleared, the ground is still saturated, and more slides could occur with little or no extra rain.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Johnathan Garner said rains typically continue into late April, rather than estimate when spring rains would give way to summer. In the short term, he said another system will make its way into the area mid-day Thursday, followed by another rain system this weekend.

“It won’t be anything heavy,” he said, noting that ocean wave heights may also pick up. “That won’t be anything that will reach advisory or warning levels.”

According to Garner, Crescent City saw 1.62 inches of rain Sunday and 1.84 inches Monday.

The Gasquet Ranger Station recorded 8.76 inches of rain as of Monday.

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