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Storm knocks down trees, floods streets in Folsom, El Dorado Hills

By: Don Chaddock, Managing Editor
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High winds and heavy rain battered Folsom and El Dorado Hills, flooding streets, knocking down trees and causing plenty of fender-benders on slick streets.

Light rail was down for part of the weekend and Monday as a tree fell at Blue Ravine Road and Folsom Boulevard. Busses shuttled people to the various stops, creating slowdowns for commuters headed to Sacramento.

Organizers of Folsom’s Historic District Tree Lighting and the Christmas Craft Fair rescheduled the events late last week, pushing them to this Friday and Saturday (see FolsomTelegraph.com for details).

The storm also knocked out the ice rink for a few days.

“The Historic Folsom Ice Rink took a beating from the recent storm,” officials reported. “Crews (worked) around the clock to repair it. If you would like to ice skate please call (916) 985-4181 in advance for the latest conditions.”

According to a press release, the rink re-opened Monday at 10 a.m.

“As you know this storm was far from normal for our area. Under ‘normal’ rain conditions the ice rink will remain open unless the conditions are unsafe,” the release states.

Trees and limbs went down around the region, with one tree crashing into a Folsom home and another knocking out light rail service on Monday.

Shuttles provided service to and from historic Folsom, Glenn, Iron Point and the Hazel light rail stations, according to officials

On Sunday morning, Folsom residents were awakened by falling sheet rock and a loud crash as a large tree toppled onto their home in the Montrose Drive area.

“The tree caused serious damage the home but no one was injured,” according to officials with the Folsom Fire Department. “Fire crews provided plastic tarps to divert the rain.”

Flooding on streets in the Folsom Historic District also caused road closures.

Sibley, between Levy Road and Blue Ravine Road, was closed due to flooding on Sunday morning.

According to Sue Ryan, Folsom’s public information officer, said creeks and some residential streets reported flooding.

“Parkshore Drive at Folsom Boulevard was closed on Sunday for approximately 12 hours due to the light rail arms being down associated with the oak tree damage done to the Light Rail system on Folsom Boulevard,” Ryan said. “Police Department CAPS (Citizens Assisting Public Safety) personnel were involved in the traffic control around the road closure.”

A home on Willowmere reported flooding on Friday, she said.

“Local flooding was possibly associated with drainage from Ed Mitchell Park,” she said. “Parks Department and Public Works Street Maintenance personnel were involved in the flood fight.”

She said there were lots of fallen trees.

“Numerous smaller trees fell in city open space areas, City Parks and public right-of-way areas,” she said. “Damage assessment is currently being performed.”