DANGEROUS NEW STORM SYSTEM HITS AREA, DOWNING TREES AND POWER LINES

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By Miriam Raftery

Photo credit: SDG&E

January 22, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- Another round of heavy rain soaking our region will continue into Monday. This strong storm system is forecast to potentially bring more flash flooding, river flooding, and debris flows.  A winter storm warning is in effect for mountain areas with snow likely to dip down to 3,500 feet by Monday night.

Gusty winds across the county have already begun toppling trees and impacting power lines. An outage in Pine Valley is expected to be restored at 6 p.m.

In La Mesa, Bancroft drive is closed between Golondrina and Edgewood due to a downed tree.

A person rescued after being swept into the ocean by a high wave in Ocean Beach has died; please avoid walking along the shore, swimming or surfing until storms subside.

Roads that cross the San Diego River in Mission Valley are closed due to flooding including Fashion Valley Rd., Avenida del Rio, San Diego Mission Rd. and La Media.

Also, a gas protest in Mexico has shut down the border at San Ysidro.  Southbound I-5 into Mexico is closed, Caltrans reports. Also closed are southbound I-5 and 805 South at I-905, with traffic rerouted to the Otay Mesa crossing.

If you know of a storm-related incident such as a flooded road, downed powerlines, rockslide or other hazard, please post in comments section below this story and email editor@eastcountymagazine.org

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