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Violent Storm System Impacts Roads, Homes
Tree Down
Motorists were detoured around a large tree that came down across Highway 108 between Oakdale and Riverbank during the height of the storm on Friday. - photo by Virginia Still/The Leader

Tree limbs came crashing down, power outages were reported, fences were damaged … the latest storm system to blow through the region left quite a mess in its wake.

The brunt of the storm came in on Friday, when the region was pelted by heavy rain and high winds. There were no evacuations here, though planned releases of water from Don Pedro had residents in some sections of Waterford having to leave and Modesto residents also on alert in low-lying areas.

Crews were kept busy throughout the weekend tending to a myriad of problems, ranging from the downed trees and limbs – some across roadways – that required detours in a few spots.

Nearly an inch and a half of rain fell in Oakdale on Monday, Feb. 20 alone and the total for the season has now surpassed 18 inches, nearly 10 inches above normal for this time of year.

A little further to the west on Monday evening, a levee breach in Manteca forced some evacuations there, but officials said they were scaled back on Tuesday morning.

Weather forecasters are now calling for a couple days’ reprieve, before another system comes in for the weekend, possibly dumping up to another inch of rain from Saturday through Monday.

Locally, the fire station on East G Street in Oakdale still has sandbags available for those that want to come get the ‘fill them yourself’ bags to help keep water out of garages, homes and businesses.


Throughout the city, police reported a number of large potholes showing up on heavily traveled streets and there was widespread minor street flooding as well; motorists are advised to use extra caution.