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Bay Area Storm: Santa Cruz Mountains Hit Hard

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    A storm that dumped rain on the Bay Area Tuesday sparked outages, collisions and rockslides in the Santa Cruz mountains. Robert Handa reports. (Published Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016)

    The Santa Cruz Mountains was hit hard by a storm that dumped down on the Bay Area Tuesday.

    Caltrans crews shut down Highway 9 near Felton for about an hour to clear out a slide of mud and rocks. Crews responded to at least four mudslides and rockslides in the area.

    Some drivers who rushed through the mountains paid the price. A driver who was hit by another vehicle on Highway 17 said the collision could have only happened during a storm.

    "Because of the rain it made the water splash on top of my windshield from another car," said Tyrelle Antwine, an accident victim. "Which caused me to slow down and get rear ended."

    Some communities also had to deal with flooding and downed power lines.

    Longtime mountain residents, including a professional tree cutter, said the storm might not be done.

    "I was concerned about some of the trees," said Bob Pilgreen with Travis Tree Professionals. "And when it gets raining and windy, then we get a lot of trees on houses."

    The good news from the storm? This week's wet weather bolstered area reservoirs.

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