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City Manager: ‘Extreme weather’ prompted 300+ storm calls in Citrus Heights

An uprooted tree lays on the ground along Sunrise Boulevard, after falling during recent storms in January. // CH Sentinel

Sentinel staff report–
Citrus Heights City Manager Ash Feeney on Thursday told council members that the city received a dramatic increase in calls amid recent heavy winds and rain.

“We had quite a bit of extreme weather to finish the year out, as well as to start our year,” said Feeney in a Jan. 12 update. He said the good news has been a lot of water, but noted an accompanying heavy demand on the city’s General Services Department.

In his update, Feeney said the city had received a total of 335 storm-related calls, during the two-week period beginning Dec. 30, 2022.

Those calls included:

  • 104 downed or damaged trees affecting the public right of way.
  • 74 street flooding/clogged drains.
  • 30 downed lines.
  • 78 roadway debris.

Feeney reported that normal call volume is about 75 per week for the General Services Department. Including non-storm calls, a total of 460 service requests came in during the past two weeks, making for a call volume about 3 times higher than normal.

The city manager also credited the city’s storm drain and creek maintenance programs as having “really paid off.”

“I know there was flooding out there on certain streets, but (the city) did not see widespread flooding that we’ve seen sometimes in the past — and this was a major event,” Feeney said.

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