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Complete Coverage: Storm Watch

A drenching four days of rain is expected to bring localized flooding around the Sacramento area, and Central Valley. It’s being called an “atmospheric river” by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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“It’s a miracle,” says Danae Reynolds.

The mother and her family of seven were displaced six days ago in the wake of the rainstorm that swept through the Sacramento Valley.

“We woke up to a foot and a half of rain in our home, everything was ruined,” says Reynolds.

Now, thanks to more than two dozen of her co-workers at a company called Paramount Equity, she has furniture. Employees spent their Saturday unloading a trailer full of stuff for the family’s new home. Since their previous home had a history of flooding, the property manager gave them keys to a new rental on the same property.

“It’s amazing how God can answer your prayers in ways you’d never expect,” says Reynold’s son.

By the afternoon, the family had a fully furnished home.

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Residents in the Auburn Villa Mobile Home Park were not as badly impacted by the overnight rain as they were on Sunday.

The overnight rain might have slightly helped wash away dirt on the road, but it did nothing to speed up the clean up process.

Since Sunday’s storms, park residents have been working hard to get the park back to normal after water got as high as four feet inside the park.

Some homes were flooded and cars were ruined by the rain.


Electronics, carpets and cars, all destroyed in a Citrus Heights mobile home park after the weekend storms.

Now, residents are trying to salvage what they can, before the next wave of rain.

“I tore all the floors out of my mobile home. I tried to sanitize and save some of it. This is my home. This is where I live,” said resident Paul Hodam.

Hodam saw a good two feet of water in his home and even lost his car, but residents’ biggest concern is what will to come of with the next rainfall.

“I have been out here all day helping neighbors clean up so it doesn’t happen again,” said resident Rick Escobedo.

To ensure things like that do not happen again experts say to move important belongings as high as possible.

You should also raise equipment like a water heater and furnace on concrete blocks. You can also save important documents by allowing them to air dry then take a picture of the document.

Make sure to discard the documents afterward because they are contaminated with outside water.

Also,  if your carpets or flooring get wet make sure you use a licensed contractor in the state of California.

A non-professional might not dry your flooring properly leaving the potential for more mold.


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Light rail service in Folsom will not be restored until Thursday, RT officials note. An oak tree that fell and knocked out some power lines during Sunday morning’s storm is to blame.

The tree was removed on Sunday, with crews said to have been working overnight to repair the damage. But, the damage has been described as “extensive.”

Service has been restored between Hazel Station and Sunrise Station. Buses will continue to help riders get around areas in Folsom usually served by light rail.

Repairs to a half-mile section of power lines, traction poles and hardware is still needed.

RT expects normal service to resume by the start of Thursday morning’s routes. For more information, you can check



A white BMW with several inches of water inside, a car floating in a parking lot, another stranded on a flooded freeway – all casualties of Sunday’s final Pineapple Express that walloped northern California.

The day after the deluge, it was all about the two unfortunate “S’s” of auto repair – stalling and submersion.

If you tried to drive through what you thought was a puddle yesterday and your car stalled, you likely pulled water into your air intake.

“Water doesn’t compress like air and fuel does and when the engine tries it actually can’t do so and things get twisted and bent,” said John Hutchinson of Red Rocket Auto Tech.

The non-grease-monkey translation? Not good.

“Do not try to start it again or get yourself out of it, because all you are going to do is multiply your problems,” Hutchinson explained.

If your car took an unexpected swim, maybe even a float down flooded streets, the other “S” – submersion is your problem.

“You’ve got two primary problems, rust as well as mold,” according to Hutchinson.

In your car’s undercarriage are tons of electronic sensors which don’t like to get wet, but do like to glitch out when you least expect it.

“They don’t show problems right away. Some things they get damaged and you won’t see the ramifications of them for four months, six months or even a year,” Hutchinson told FOX40.

Your best bet? Get towed to a mechanic and brace yourself for bad news.

“I think the most likely scenario is that car is totaled. There’s so many things that are going to happen to that car in the future that it’s most likely going to be a totaled vehicle,” said Hutchinson.


For a few hours on Sunday, eastbound Business 80 between Fulton and Watt was Lake Capital City Freeway.

Cars and trucks were stuck fording a virtual river, causing some to stall and strand drivers, while other drivers simply turned around past the Fulton Avenue exit.

The first problem was obviously the rain. Secondly, a key piece of the drainage puzzle stopped working. There are two pumps on Business 80 at Marconi, one of them broke during the height of the storm.

The next problem? The combo of too much rain and loose soil.

“There was a small mudslide that came off an embankment – that brought some of the mud and wood chips that covered up the grates,” Dennis Keaton of CalTrans told FOX40.

The mud, wood chips and leaves covered four drainage grates, essentially choking them, even though they had been cleared three times last week.

There was also a broken water pipe at a storage facility adding to the water woes.

The final problem was the skeleton crew CalTrans had in place. Due to overtime budget limitations, they weren’t fully staffed for the storm. The crews CalTrans did have had been assigned to the Sierra, on snow patrol.

“When you’re dealing with splitting the crews and having to send them to other areas, they tend to thin out a little bit,” Keaton said.

Once crews did arrive, it took about two hours to clean the grates and get the water to drain.


An aerial view of Scott Rd. near Sloughhouse from Sky FOX40 on Monday.


Three days of rain means lots of water for the Sacramento valley.

On Friday, a section of Scott Road near Sloughhouse became part of the river; on Monday the water level was lower and crews were out working to clear the road of mud and debris.

Roseville and Rio Linda saw a lot of flooding on Sunday; 24 hours later there are still some pools of water, but a lot of it has receded.

Still, the valley accumulated a lot of water.

The American River has noticeably more water in it on Monday than Thursday.

But the real example of how much rain fell can be found at Folsom Lake. When Sky FOX40 flew over on Thursday the water was low and the banks were huge. At the time the reservoir was only at 37 percent capacity.

On Monday there was a lot more water, shrinking the banks; however, even with all that rain the reservoir is only at 50 percent capacity.

From Thursday to Sunday, the City of Sacramento said crews cleared about 7,470 drains.


FOX40 spotted dozens of trees down in the wake of Sunday’s storm that swept through the Sacramento Valley.

Many trees, were cleaned up right away, because they fell on public property. If a tree falls within in county lines, the county department of public health will clean it up.

If a tree falls within city lines, depending on the city,some public department will clean it up. But, if the tree falls on private property, it will be the responsibility of the homeowner,  landlord or building owner to clean it up.


Crews were busy Sunday cutting up fallen trees all over Sacramento County.

“If a tree falls on private property and we’re not doing anything, we will respond to a call to help people, but, we don’t always have time to do that” Michelle Eidam of Sacramento Metro Fire told FOX40.

If a tree does fall on private property, depending on the damages, homeowner’s insurance and or
car insurance will be of help to owners.


Yellow tape blocked the entrance into Winding Way at College Oak Drive in Carmichael Sunday, a result of the weekend storms that left Arcade Creek overflowing.

“To see it engulfed in water like this is very scary because it is not going anywhere,” said Carmichael resident Deanna Giese.

“I came through here yesterday and it wasn’t like this. Now it is just totally flooded,” said driver Linda Wolfe.

Drivers were left looking for alternate routes.

winding way flooding

Arcade Creek running high

“This is the route we take home everyday.  It is a little scary,” sad Wolfe

The flooding spans for a quarter mile where some families say their yards were under two feet of water.

“All the debris is washing into my yard,” said Myra Giese.

Residents say they haven’t seen flooding like this in years.

The road was clear of water by 6 p.m. Sunday.