Storm Brings Rain, Wind to the Foothills

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PLACERVILLE -- Umbrellas, coats and scarves in downtown Placerville.

For some, this storm added to the charm of Old Hangtown.

"I love the rain," said Barry Seid.

"I feel better in the rain, I'm one of those people," said Trez Fleming.

But as people enjoyed and worked in the quaint downtown, maintenance workers looked for problems caused by the consistent rain and wind.

"We're just bouncing around from emergency to emergency as they happen," said Nick Stone, senior maintenance worker for the city of Placerville's Public Works Department.

Stone says his team monitors Hangtown Creek, which flows through downtown and has the potential to flood.

"We try and keep these areas clean so that no logs or debris accumulate down there, causing flooding on the bridges or farther into downtown," Stone said.

Stone says the biggest concern in the foothills is dead and dying trees falling when the ground softens during a storm.

"We had a number of dead trees taken down recently, so if it's not too windy we're pretty good," said Seid.

Seid and Fleming prepared ahead of time.

"Make sure the gutters are clean, make sure there's no branches that are ready to fall down," said Fleming.

With the work done, Fleming used the day to pamper herself.

"I've already had a massage, now I'm gonna go have a glass of wine. Rain? This is a good day in Seattle!" said Fleming

But Stone says the safest place to be during a storm is at home.

"Get your groceries now, and ride the storm out somewhere nice and warm," Stone said.

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