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Storms Pummel West SGV

  • By Shel Segal
SAN GABRIEL - As powerful winter storms wreaked havoc all over California this past week, the west San Gabriel Valley has been drenched with more than 5 ½ inches of rain over a five-day period ending Tuesday morning, officials said.

A total of 5.67 inches of rain fell in San Gabriel from Friday morning until 5 a.m. Tuesday morning, said Bonnie Bartling, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

However, the west San Gabriel Valley seems to have pulled through with minimal damage, mainly confined to falling trees, one of which caused a power outage, officials said.

Power was knocked out to many Southern California Edison customers Monday night when a tree in southwest Alhambra fell and hit a power line, said Sgt. Kean Oda of the Alhambra Police Department. Oda added power was fully restored to the affected area by 2 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Another tree - this one in south Alhambra - fell Monday night and hit a parked car, Oda said, adding the Alhambra Fire Department had to clear the tree from the roadway.

In the southern part of San Gabriel, a tree fell Monday evening in a residential neighborhood, but caused no injuries or damage to property, said Sgt. Christine Nolasco of the San Gabriel Police Department.

And in Rosemead, while there was no damage reported by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department from the storms, Mandy Wong, public safety coordinator for the city of Rosemead, said the city was still ready for anything.

"We're going to be on storm watch," Wong said. "Hopefully, everything will pass and will be good."

(Shel Segal can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .)

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