2012-01-19 / Front Page

Long-awaited rainfall causes dozens of problems

By Jill Ballinger, Gazette Editor

National Park Service | Contributed
The damage to Highway 120 (Big Oak Flat Road) is shown above. The National Park Service says the closure of the road between Foresta Road and El Portal Road is “indefinite” after this Jan. 22 rockslide severely damaged it.National Park Service | Contributed The damage to Highway 120 (Big Oak Flat Road) is shown above. The National Park Service says the closure of the road between Foresta Road and El Portal Road is “indefinite” after this Jan. 22 rockslide severely damaged it.It hadn’t rained in Mariposa County in about two months, but last weekend’s deluge caused enough headaches to make everyone remember how damaging Mother Nature can be.

Rain started falling on Friday, let up some on Saturday and early Sunday, and pounded the county again Sunday night and Monday. Rainfall totals were impressive, and the high country got some much-needed snow.

Rainfall totals were impressive, to say the least. The National Weather Service (NWS) reports that Jerseydale got 8.11 inches of rain from all the storms. At Briceburg, 5.76 inches fell, and Cathey’s Valley got 2.19 inches.

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