Heavy rains close east Christmas Hill Park, threaten road closures

Stevie Lemberger, 9, splashes in a puddle with his niece,

Heavy rains and storm runoff closed the main entrance gate at
Christmas Hill Park, according to city staff, and several country
roads are on the verge of flooding.
Heavy rains and storm runoff closed the main entrance gate at Christmas Hill Park, according to city staff, and several country roads are on the verge of flooding.

The entrance to the Ranch, or west, side of the park will remain open. Although the county hadn’t closed any roads except for Gilroy Hot Springs Road, which runs along Coyote Creek in Gilroy’s eastern foothills, crews were monitoring a few wet spots Wednesday morning, said Linda Machado, a dispatcher for the county’s south yard in San Martin.

Overloaded culverts along Santa Teresa Boulevard between Day Road and Fitzgerald Avenue near Christopher High School threatened to spill over around noon. The county had also received reports of flooded roads near Pacheco Pass Highway and Cañada Road, Machado said.

But despite a few more tardies than usual, CHS Principal John Perales said all his teachers and students made it to school safely.

Except for a couple small leaks a contractor was already patching up – one in the practice gym and another around a classroom window – the new school “looks to be holding up well,” Perales said. “It’s kind of miserable, but we needed this rain.”

About an inch has fallen since Tuesday night and about three to five more are expected to fall on the already drenched South Valley before the storm begins to taper off this weekend. This week’s highs will be in the mid-50s, and lows will be in the mid-40s.

A series of thunderstorms blowing off the Pacific Ocean at about 30 mph ushered in the week-long tempest Sunday. And the storms are here to stay at least for a few more days, said National Weather Service Forecaster Larry Smith.

Sandbags are available at the Santa Clara County South Yard, 13600 Murphy Ave. in San Martin, as well as at Chestnut Fire Station, 7070 Chestnut St., and Las Animas Fire Station, 8383 Wren Ave.

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