Weekend Rain Proves Problematic

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SACRAMENTO — Accidents, damp events and closures, Saturday’s storm was an inconvenience to say the least.

Rain came down on the Elk Grove Food Bank’s annual turkey distribution. Organizers expected hundreds to pick up their Thanksgiving meals, but not everyone showed up.

“The day went pretty smoothly besides the rain it kept our attendance down a little bit,” said Ken Franklin with the Elk Grove Food Bank.

While some families were deterred by the wet weather, supporters put on their ponchos and rain coats and braved it for a good cause.

“It’s rainy, it’s cold, but the most important part is we made a difference today for those families who came and picked up a meal,” said Elk Grove’s Vice Mayor Steve Ly.

Just down the highway, rain got in the way of another annual event. Two weeks after opening, the Sacramento ice skating rink shut down for the day.

“Usually when it rains the ice softens up and creates poor ice skating conditions, and for inexperienced skaters they fall and get really wet and they don’t have a good time,” said Michael Stewart with the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink.

Whether it will reopen Sunday is undetermined.

The rain doesn’t just create poor skating conditions, but also poor driving conditions.

The California Highway Patrol said an accident on Interstate 80 Business Saturday morning was definitely weather related. Investigators say the driver of the white sedan slid, hit the center divide, bounced off and crashed into the guardrail. The driver walked away uninjured.

As dangerous and frustrating as the rain can be, positivity goes a long way.

“The rain’s really good; we need it since we’ve been in a drought,” Lawrence Vidaurry said. “I don’t know, the rain just feels better.”

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