WILD WEATHER HITS COUNTY: SNOW IN MOUNTAINS, FLOODING AND ROCKSLIDES ACROSS REGION

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By Miriam Raftery

December 13, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Following today’s heavy rains, snowfall is forecast to blanket local mountains as low as the 4,000 foot level tonight with several inches of snow at higher elevations. 

Flooding caused several serious accidents, including a semi-truck collision in the Bonita area and a fatal school bus –car collision on I-805.  Normally dry culverts and flood channels in the Mount Helix, Spring Valley and Bonita areas overflowed.

An accident on Chase Road caused a power outage briefly in El Cajon.  In the Otay area, rescue crews saved a person trapped by rising river waters, while in the Midway District, heavy flooding left many drivers stranded.  In Poway, a boulder rolled into a garage, causing a gas line break. 

The National Weather Service reminds drivers to carry chains, extra food and clothing if driving in mountain areas and to avoid driving across flooded roadways, since only a small depth of water can sweep a vehicle away.