Storm Causes Power Outages, Flooding

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SACRAMENTO --

Heavy rain caused several traffic accidents and power outages in the Sacramento region.

"I got up, looking out the window, and I'm thinking... El Nino. El Nino is coming," Carmichael resident, Bill McNulty said.

Treacherous rain took down trees, fences, even Christmas decorations displayed in front yards. Portions of I-80 near the Norwood exit flooded, causing major slowdowns.

Just before 10:30 a.m., two vehicles crashed on I-80 Eastbound, just past the Madison Exit. A silver minivan carrying children collided with a work van. Emergency responders were able to get everyone out safely.

Robert Meza of South Sacramento left for mass in the morning, but when he came back home, he found his front tree had toppled onto his roof.

"I'm waiting for SMUD. These lines are busted, so I'm waiting for them to come to see what they can do," Meza said. "The tree is dead, but I didn't think it was going to fall this way. It was going to fall the other way, but obviously it didn't."

According to SMUD, Meza was one of thousands of people without power.

McNulty's Arden-Carmichael area was hit the hardest.

"I was listening to my most favorite song on the radio, and the power went out," McNulty said.

He said power was restored within an hour and a half. He welcomed this temporary inconvenience, so long as it helps California in the long run.

"I am a fisherman. You need the rain. I grew up around Folsom lake. We need the water," McNulty said.