LOS ANGELES (AP) — A storm that saturated California for a second day Wednesday was just what the dry state needed, adding water to depleted reservoirs, quenching crops and even awakening picturesque waterfalls.
There was some flooding and evacuations in areas where hillsides were left barren by wildfires, but major damage was avoided despite some huge rainfall totals. One location, Yucaipa Ridge in the San Bernardino Mountains, received 9.8 inches of rain, the National Weather Service said.
Most other parts of the state received totals between 2 and 4 inches.
The storm dropped snow in mountains key to the state’s water supply, and it made signature waterfalls flow at Yosemite National Park, including the 2,425-foot Yosemite Falls that had slowed to a trickle by mid-July.
“With the precipitation, they are looking good. They are flowing nicely,” park spokeswoman Ashley Mayer said.
There were problems. The storm was the likely cause of a pair of sinkholes in San Francisco, including a 20-by-30 foot chasm in a residential neighborhood on the city’s west side.
And Sacramento’s rush-hour commute was disrupted by freeway flooding. The California Highway Patrol reported that roadway flooding blocked two of three lanes along Highway 51, known as Capital City Freeway, and affected lanes farther north along Interstate 80.