Storm View From the Peninsula

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Bill Martin
    Commuters in Los Gatos were halted by a fallen tree Wednesday.

    Flooding, fallen trees and minor mudslides were reported  throughout San Mateo County Wednesday morning as another major storm hit the  region.
         
    Belmont-San Carlos Fire Marshal Jim Palisi said his agency has  responded to several "relatively minor" mudslides in the hills above San  Carlos, as well as in Belmont.

    He said the fire department has also received numerous reports of  flooding and that firefighters have been "very busy."

    Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman  said Redwood City has experienced significant flooding and that Menlo Park  engines have been called to assist there.

    There hasn't been any serious flooding in Menlo Park, he said, but  the city has seen several minor car accidents, and some trees and wires have  fallen.

    "They're normal things you have when the wind starts picking up  and rain starts coming down," Schapelhouman said.

    Coastside Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Ari Delay said  that agency's jurisdiction, which stretches along the coast from Pacifica to  the southern San Mateo County, was "hit pretty hard this morning," but the  rain has since lightened up.

    "We're recuperating pretty well," he said. No major incidents were  reported.
     
    On Tuesday, a woman narrowly escaped serious injury or death in Portola Valley  today when a large oak tree fell onto her car with her behind the wheel, a  battalion chief said.
         
    The Portola Valley woman was driving down Old La Honda Road around  7:45 a.m. when an oak tree fell on the hood and rear of her Honda sport  utility vehicle, Woodside Fire District Battalion Chief Don Romero said.

    The woman, who appeared to be in her mid-40s, managed to get out  of the vehicle on her own and did not suffer any injuries, Romero said. The  damage to her Honda was minimal.

    "She was quite fortunate," Romero said.

    He said heavy wind and rain contributed to the tree's fall.

    Bay City News