Flooding and boulders also block roadways in East County; snow impedes travel in mountains
By Miriam Raftery
Photo: Ward Road in Mission Valley, courtesy of San Diego Lifeguards
January 6, 2016 (San Diego) – With yet another storm set to hit tonight, the San Diego River is expected to reach flood stage (11.5 feet) tonight, cresting in the pre-dawn hours. The National Weather Service reports the river level has risen five feet in the past 24 hours to nearly 8 feet.. Major roads crossing the river in Mission Valley are closed and underwater including Fashion Valley Road, Avenida del Rio, Camino del Este, Camino de la Reina and Mission Center Road. The San Diego Mission del Alcala church has flooded, as has the parking lot at Fashion Valley mall.
In East County, snow levels could dip down to 4,000 feet tonight, including the Julian area. Chains are currently required on Mount Laguna/Sunrise Highway from State Route 79 to Highway 8. There are also numerous closed or obstructed roadways: