Heaviest rain expected in Marin County

February 22, 2009 6:53:49 PM PST
Marin County is expected to see some of the heaviest rain from the current weather system.

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Saturday night as the storm approached, residents in the area were keeping their eye on the San Anselmo Creek. Water levels were low, but residents know how quickly that can change.

The storm first moved in through the south, bringing with it enough wind to trigger a high wind advisory on the San Mateo Bridge. Although it was a quiet Saturday night in Marin County, it is predicted that the area will get hit the hardest.

"Somebody told me this morning that a horrible storm was rolling in. I don't believe it. Is it true?" said Angie Bazalgette of San Rafael Saturday.

Weather watchers were saying yes and residents were saying, "Bring it on."

"There will be flooding if it rains as lot. And, all the things that normally happen will happen, but who cares ," said Kim Connolly of San Rafael. "Because, otherwise, we're going to be rationing this summer.

The creek in San Anselmo was only at 2.6 feet Saturday evening. 11 feet is flood stage. Although, business owner Magid Mazar told ABC7 he knows the creek could rise in a hurry.

"I try to not think about it, because otherwise it would be just too much," he said.

I sign posted outside marks just how high the water got four years ago when downtown San Anselmo flooded. Businesses now have flood gates.

Mazar now monitors the creek's levels on a website that updates every 15 minutes. And, he has a disaster plan in place.

"If it gets to a point that it is getting close I'll make a bunch of phone calls. And, what we're going to do is come in and move everything upstairs," he said.

Hopefully, this storm will bring what we need and nothing more.

"We need the rain. We're down right now. What more can I say? That's it," said San Anselmo resident Eric Warner.

Rain was expected to start falling Saturday night, but the main downpour was forecasted to fall Sunday and last until next week.

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