Road damage from storms cause commuter issues in Santa Cruz Mountains

SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS (KGO) -- Officials in the Santa Cruz Mountains are working to help residents deal with a number of storm-related problems ahead of more rain over the weekend.

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The rain and wind created a mess for the morning commute Friday. At one point ABC7 Traffic Reporter Alexis Smith was tracking 79 incidents on the roads, one on Highway 9 in Saratoga just east of Sanborn Road.

A tree fell across Highway 9 around 6:00 a.m. blocking traffic in both directions for several hours.

Thursday afternoon, a huge tree branch came down across Glen Arbor at Newell Creek in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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At Saratoga Creek, officials say they do not expect any rivers or creeks to reach flood stages over the weekend.

But residents heading out to grab their morning coffee still had to deal with rain and wind Friday morning.

"I brought my oldest umbrella. It's already broke, so if the wind blows it goes inside out," said Betsy McGowan, a San Jose resident.

Water officials say they will continue to spill the creeks and reservoirs as needed ahead of the weekend but they don't expect any major flooding.

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