Story and photo by Miriam Raftery
Photo: University Avenue in La Mesa between Olive and Parks
January 21, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – From Thursday through Saturday, storms doused our region. Mount Laguna received over 10 inches of snow.
Julian got 5.97 inches of precipitation, the most in San Diego County. Lake Cuyamaca, Descanso, and Pine Hills all got over 5 inches of rain.
Santee, Lakeside, Alpine and La Mesa all received between 2.5 and 3.5 inches of rain during the 3-day period. Even Borrego’s Palm Canyon received over an inch of rain; desert denizens are predicting one of the best wildflower seasons in years based on greenery sprouting across the desert floor.
Friday’s severe storm, which brought flooding and high winds across the area, contributed to a spike in crashes reported in San Diego County on freeways and unincorporated area streets under jurisdiction of the California Highway Patrol.
A total of 375 collisions were reported between midnight and 4 p.m. – far more than the 140 crashes reported on a normal “good weather” day, the CHP reports.
Numerous rescues were also made. Firefighters worked to free people trapped in vehicles along University Avenue, which briefly resembled a river in the La Mesa and Rolando areas. Swift Water Rescue teams pulled two people and a dog to safety from floodwaters along University and Aragon Drive near the Joan Kroc Center.