Folsom weathers winter storms

By: Don Chaddock Telegraph Managing Editor
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Despite some dangling power lines, traffic accidents and toppling fences, Folsom weathered the recent storms well, according to city officials. “Luckily for all, (last) week’s high winds and heavy rain didn’t create too much havoc in Folsom,” said Sue Ryan, the city public information officer. On Wednesday a power line was knocked down on Wool Street in front of the Chamber of Commerce, causing the police department to shut down the street until repair crews could arrive. “We heard a loud crack and saw the tree fall down,” said Nancy Pryor, who handles marketing and communications for the chamber. “We’ve had very quick response from all the agencies.” Pryor said the chamber was without power for part of Wednesday and most of Thursday. Police cars blocked the street to keep cars away from the power line that hung only a few feet above the street. “We’re here to keep people from driving under that line,” said Jennifer Johnson, community services officer with the Folsom Police Department. “Other than a few people who don’t know any other way to get where they are going, people have been (behaving).” The chamber’s event billboard on Folsom Auburn Road was also blown over, along with numerous wooden fences. Trash collection was also a challenge, according to Ryan. “On Wednesday, Utilities Department solid waste crews were challenged when winds knocked over many trash, green waste and recycling carts before the trucks made their rounds in the Parkway and Briggs Ranch areas,” Ryan said. “Supervisors and other available staff followed the trucks, and when they spotted carts that had blown over, they picked up the carts by hand so they could be emptied into the garbage trucks. They also attempted to pick up trash blown into the street by the high winds.” Ryan said it was a team effort. “These guys deserve a round of applause for their efforts on such a cold, wet and windy day,” she said. Folsom Reservoir fared well with the wet weather. At the beginning of January, Folsom Lake contained an anemic 262,000 acre feet of water, or about 25 percent of capacity. As of Jan. 24, the lake was storing 295,000 acre feet, putting it closer to 30 percent. The lake’s overall level rose six feet when measured against the dam, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Don Chaddock can be reached at