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Rains Cause Problems along San Diego River

The week of rains that passed through San Diego County left quite a mark in Santee. One of the hardest-hit areas was the Carlton Oaks Country Club, which became Carlton Oaks Lake for several days. In addition to flooding out the golf course, the storms damaged a Padre Dam sewage pumping station near the golf course, caused 1.2 million gallons of sewage to spill into the river. It took several hours for workers to stop the flow and to install temporary lines to bypass the break.  Because of the contamination from this spill and other pollutants washed into the ocean over the past week, officials are recommending that people stay out of the water for at least the next 3 days. Currently there is no estimate on when the lake will return to its normal golf course conditions.

Egrets check out the fairway

Coots on Carlton Oaks "Lake"

Flooding from the swollen San Diego River

Rushing water on the golf course

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What Goes Up…

What a difference a day makes.  On Wednesday, December 17, I went down to where Riverford Rd. crosses over the San Diego River.  I realize that isn’t technically Santee, but it was the best spot to take some pictures of the river after all the rain we have had.  Then I stopped there again on Thursday, December 18, and talk about a difference.  Much of the water had passed downstream and the river was back to its regular channel, although much higher than usual.  So, here are some pictures showing the “before and after” of the flooding.

Before 1

 

 

After 1

 

 

 

Before 2

 

 

 

After 1

 

 

 

Before 3

 

 

 

 

After 3

 

 

Before 4

 

 

 

 

After 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

If the latest weather reports are on target, we should see another repeat of these scenes this coming week.  But this time we may see more runoff and flooding, so be careful out there.

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