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Relief Follows Weekend Storm in Napa Valley

Local officials express relief that the third storm in past month did very little additional damage

The latest storm to sweep through the North Bay left us with flooded roads, landslides, and downed trees last night, but crisp blue skies this morning made it all seem like an unpleasant memory.

"I think we did okay," said a relieved Eric Whan, deputy director of Public Works for the City of Napa. "There was no damage that I've heard of, other than minor street flooding."

As in earlier storms, the new Napa County flood control project did its job, keeping storm waters from damaging property as they did in previous years.

If you have photos of this storm, you can add them to our on-going High Water Gallery, started early this month and now up to over 50 images.

While the surge of the Napa River hit town in the early morning hours, St. Helena received the brunt of the flooding when the Napa River crested there at about 10:00 p.m. last night.

They, too, seem to have dodged the bullet. "We did just fine," said Sgt. Chris Hartley of the St. Helena Police Department. "No permanent damage, everything's receded."

An earlier media bulletin from the SHPD noted several incidents of flooding and slides, including on Spring St. at Money Way, at Pratt and Silverado, and a lane closure on Deepark Rd. Trees downed by the high winds were reported in the creek bed at Health Spa Napa Valley and on Spring Mountain Rd; and a sewage backup on Crinella Dr., caused by an inadequate pump, have all been cleaned up.

But this latest in a series of winter storms that have socked the Bay Area will not be the last, and not even the last this year: the seven-day forecast shows an 80% chance of rain tomorrow, Christmas Day, and continuing through Wednesday night before the sun returns on Thursday.

For this and coming storms, keep track of water levels with Real-Time Water Level Data for Napa River and Creeks.

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