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    The latest storm to hit the Bay Area on Thursday brought more flooding, mudslides, downed trees and general mayhem across the North Bay region. Cheryl Hurd reports. (Published Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017)

    The latest storm to hit the Bay Area on Thursday brought more flooding, mudslides, downed trees and general mayhem across the North Bay region. But a break was on the way, and residents were relieved.

    Heavy rain prompted flash flood warnings, caused mudslides and shut down roads in Napa County. The Napa River began receding quickly late Thursday night, but not before the damage was done in some places.

    Resident Dylan Brusstar saw and heard a massive mudslide that barreled down on his street, Redwood Road.

    "It was a big roar, a big rush," Brusstar said. "I thought it was a tree falling. Multiple crashes of trees coming down, and then just two huge explosions.

    Storm Causes Mudslides, Downed Trees, Power Outages in Napa, Marin Counties

    [BAY] Storm Causes Mudslides, Downed Trees, Power Outages in Napa, Marin Counties

    The latest storm to hit the Bay Area on Thursday brought more flooding, mudslides, downed trees and general mayhem across the North Bay region. Jodi Hernandez and Christie Smith report.

    (Published Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017)

    "Now with the rain kicking back up today, it's getting a lot stickier, a lot muddier," Brusstar added.

    The road has been closed, and 200 households were without power for two days. PG&E is still working to restore the power even as new rain falls.

    "Obviously, it's way more than we can handle in a small amount of time," resident Angela Douglass said.

    Lodi Lane in St. Helena was flooded yet again, and a vehicle became stuck in the deep, standing water there. Peter Avina came across it a took a photograph.

    "I didn’t see them driving in, but they had no common sense," he said. "It really annoys me when people are excited for this weekend saying, 'Oh it’s going to stop raining.' Well, in summer, we’re going to be needing it."

    People were keeping a close watch on the Napa River water level and looked to be getting the break they were hoping for.

    Some people were wondering about the next round of storms while others planned on taking advantage of any little break they could get.

    "We’re happy to see there’s a break right now," resident Beverly O’Brien said. "That’s why I’m getting out, getting my steps in, getting some blood flowing and enjoying the break."

    "Our hope is the rain will stop, and we can get back to things we usually do, which is enjoy Napa Valley," resident Frank Difede added.

    In Marin County, the storm toppled trees and flooded streets. Schools canceled classes as a precaution.

    Many San Anselmo residents spent the day watching the creek, which was rising quickly earlier Thursday. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office patrolled the streets of downtown, and businesses were closed in anticipation of flooding.

    In Mill Valley, a 60 foot tree crashed into a garage, blocking access on South Morning Sun Avenue.

    "I imagine until the storm blows through, it's going to be quite active," said Capt. Josh McHugh of the Southern Marin Fire Department. "The same type of mudslides, powerlines and trees."

    In Kentfield, on Berens Avenue, sand bags lined driveways, and deputies checked on residents as the high tide brought flood waters.

    "I was concerned because we have friends over there, and I was telling them to come to my house," resident Danielle Levi said. "That’s why we came, to see how bad it was."

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