Recent debris flows and flooding in the San Jacinto and San Bernardino mountains have caused extensive damage to Southern California roadways, requiring some highways to be closed for months as crews work on repairs that will cost at least $14 million. Last week’s series of storms, including a moisture-packed atmospheric river that slammed the state, has brought consistent rainfall to California, dumping 18 trillion gallons of rain — nearly half the volume of Lake Tahoe.
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Forecasters said Tuesday that California’s markedly wet winter will continue to deliver significant rain and copious high-elevation snow to the saturated San Diego area this week. From tomorrow afternoon through early Friday, another cold storm is expected to drop a half-inch to three-quarters of an inch of moisture along the coast, three-quarters of an inch to 1.5 inches in the inland valleys, 1.5 to two inches in the mountains, and 0.1 to 0.2 of an inch in the deserts, according to the National Weather Service.
Forester Creek, an 11-mile-long tributary of the San Diego River leading to the Pacific Ocean, was once a major natural feature in El Cajon. But the creek and its three tributaries that flow through the city and into Santee via cement channels is in need of some TLC. Much of the creek is fenced off, hidden behind businesses and residential areas. The waterway is polluted with trash and is considered to have the lowest water quality of any of the river’s tributaries, according to The San Diego River Park Foundation.