Santa Paula: Rainfall hits fast and hard, more as another storm moves in

March 08, 2006
Santa Paula News

Santa Paula received almost three inches of rain in the storm that hit earlier in the week, and more is expected as the second front of a cold downpour moves into the area.

By Peggy KellySanta Paula TimesSanta Paula received almost three inches of rain in the storm that hit earlier in the week, and more is expected as the second front of a cold downpour moves into the area.According to the Ventura County Watershed Protection District, Santa Paula neared the top of those caught in Monday’s downpour that flooded local streets but brought no damage. Santa Paula booked 2.93 inches, but the city’s neighbor to the east, Fillmore, received a whopping 4.20 inches, the most rainfall in the county.Ojai was wet with 3.72 inches and Piru had 3.65 inches of rain. Oxnard and Camarillo – which had 2.21 inches of rain – set records unmatched for both since 1955 for the amount of rainfall in a 24-hour period, according to the National Weather Service.
Since the rainy season began July 1, Santa Paula has had 11.52 inches of rainfall to date, only slightly behind the 12.43 inches normal to date. But by comparison to last year – which had almost record downpours in January and February – it’s been relatively dry: at this time last year rainfall in Santa Paula was 36.42 inches, the third wettest city in the county.Rain was expected again Thursday and Friday, but the storms are expected to be dryer although colder.Work has been moving along on the storm barrier at Santa Paula Airport, and the barrier received minor damage from Monday’s storm, far less than the estimated $500,000 battering to the project in January. Work on the barrier to protect the airport’s lone runway – badly eroded by raging Santa Clara River waters in February – was delayed when the state Department of Fish and Game ordered an Environmental Impact Report on the work.It was only after the Ventura County Board of Supervisors - led by Supervisor Kathy Long - filed a lawsuit that a judge decided the EIR was not required and the barrier project was jumpstarted, but only after weeks of construction delays.



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