RAINWATCH Town crews trying to keep up with delugeBy: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Editor
The Town of Loomis maintenance crew is being kept busy today trying to prevent street flooding, but the worst of the weather is expected on Saturday and Sunday.
According to Brian Fraggiao, town engineer, the Loomis crew of three is running a circuit through town to remove leaves and debris that are blocking street drains.
“We’ve got falling leaves and the crew unblocks the drains and when they come back the drains are blocked again,” he said.
He said the continuous rain compounded with water-saturated ground is creating a lot of runoff that is ending up on streets.
Fraggio said town crews will be on call over the weekend. For non-emergency rain related issues, he said residents can call the Placer County Sheriff dispatcher at (530) 886-5375 or Loomis Fire Protection District at 652-6858. Emergency calls should go to 9-1-1.
Carl Swanberg, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said there is a “significant system moving in.”
He said rain will be increasing tonight with the storm peaking during the latter half of Saturday and early half of Sunday.
He said 2 to 3 inches of rain is expected to fall in Loomis between now and Sunday.
Sand and bags are available at the Loomis and Penryn fire stations.
Public safety issues
Such as downed power lines
Street flooding or trees down
Placer County Sheriff dispatcher (530) 886-5375
Loomis Fire Protection District 652-6858
PG&E (800) 743-5002
Caltrans (800) 427-7623