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How did Citrus Heights fare in recent storm?

Creeks swelled their banks at Rusch Park on Saturday, Dec. 31, amid heavy rains. // S. Williams

By Mike Hazlip—
Despite localized flooding and standing water in various areas, creeks in Citrus Heights and underground pipes worked well amid heavy rains over the weekend, a city spokeswoman said in an update Tuesday.

Meghan Huber, the city’s economic development and community engagement director, said city staff work year-round to clear blockages, debris and non-native vegetation from creeks in Citrus Heights. The program has paid off, according to Huber, who said it has “helped minimize impacts on residents and our public infrastructure.”

Although the city’s maintenance program has helped, Huber said localized flooding can still occur as the city’s drainage system reaches capacity.

“General Services staff and contractors have been working around the clock to clean up from this last storm and are preparing for the next event expected to come through this week,” she said.

Citrus Heights residents have also been using sand pile sites at C-Bar-C Park and City Hall, Huber said, adding that staff replenish materials as supplies are available.

While the weekend storm knocked out power to more than 150,000 customers in Sacramento County, SMUD’s outage map showed Citrus Heights was largely spared from major outages on Saturday.

Reports of downed trees were also posted on various social media pages covering Citrus Heights. One neighborhood association reported in an email update on Sunday that a large Oak tree had fallen on the Old Auburn Road multi-use trail between Garry Oak Drive and Coral Oak Way, resulting in the trail being blocked off.

The association, Citrus Heights Areas Seven-Eight-Nine, advised residents that it would take several days for city crews to remove the tree, “due to the number of other fallen trees.”

Sentinel staff also observed a crew repairing a pothole along Sunrise Boulevard on Wednesday. A worker said the crew had just run out of material to fill the holes.

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