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Citrus Heights police: 13 crashes occurred in one day during last storm

Roadway, rain, flooding
A car plows through a portion of flooded roadway on Old Auburn Road outside Holy Family Church during recent rains on Oct. 16, 2016. // CH Sentinel

Citrus Heights police said a total of 13 collisions were reported on Oct. 14 in the city, more than five times the daily average.

The figure was reported by Lt. Jason Russo who noted that the collisions occurred on a weekend that brought the first significant rain of the season. Police document an average of around 700 collisions in Citrus Heights each year, or about two collisions per day in the city, according to the latest annual report provided by police to the city council.

In a statement Tweeted out by the Citrus Heights Police Department on Friday, the department said drivers are advised to use extra caution when driving in the rain and are legally required to have headlights on when windshield wipers are in use.

Police also noted that roads will be slick and visibility diminished with rain this weekend. They advised drivers to travel at a slower speed to account for increased stopping distance on wet pavement.

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