Treacherous roads, outages in the South Bay

January 4, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
We're just now getting a break from the rain. This storm caused problems in many neighborhoods in the South Bay.

As chain saws tear apart pieces of a massive tree that fell on a Willow Glen home. Paul Chapman stands in disbelief.

"The irony with my house is we had a tree that fell left, a tree that fell right and they fell in opposite directions of my house. My house is unscathed," said Chapman.

Strong winds knocked not one, but two trees down on Briarwood Drive. Within minutes of each other, no one was at either home at the time, but the natural disaster will be a costly one.

"It's going to be $3, $4,000 dollars, that's without damages to the car, yeah," said homeowner Luis Sanchez.

Tree trimmers aren't the only ones working non stop in this storm. PG&E crews are on overtime.

"Just be prepared you'll be out of power for a while," said Rick Atondo from PG&E.

Tens of thousands of people in Santa Clara County are without power. For about six hours, those in Almaden Valley were in the dark.

While many watched their clocks, Alex Fraser was keeping a close eye on Alamitos Creek.

He's the 'go to guy' during emergencies in his neighborhood. He's also one of many San Jose's office of emergency services is relying on tonight.

"All the volunteers and professionals for OES are on alert," said San Jose OES volunteer Alex Fraser.

Details from management were vague but clear: stay close to home, but stay flexible.

And so instead of sitting and waiting, he chooses to help city agencies, and pick up after what the new years storm has left behind.

The rivers and creeks are doing well. We went to four today and none at this point, are close to flooding.

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