Spring flowers to greet March showers

Flowering trees

At midday Friday, with the flowering trees on De La Cruz Drive offering their yearly explosion of white, the skies started clouding over, making way for a wet Saturday and Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Click photo for larger image

Finding beauty in a flooded country road

Kiefer artwork

Bill (Birdman) Gengler offered this photo and info Tuesday: "Thought you might enjoy seeing the Keifer Road picture of the flooded bumps today.  It's the area after you take a right turn off Jackson Road. The creek and its surrounding farmland are flooded like a lake from Latrobe Road to Sloughhouse. The county has put up flooded signs in the area. I just like the scene." Click for larger image.

Sun returns on a high-running Cosumnes

Cosumnes River

The area caught a break overnight, as the Cosumnes River didn't reach the forecast levels. Still, it was plenty high, with whitecaps rolling by the first green of the South Course Tuesday morning. A bunker there flooded 10 days ago, when the river damaged three of the course's holes, two of which remain under repair. Scott Road remained flooded Tuesday morning. Click photo for larger image.

Forecasters trim wind, river forecasts

[Updated 11:14 p.m.] Forecasters late Monday lowered their predictions for overnight winds and reduced slightly their prediction for Cosumnes River levels. The predicted river levels still would approach the levels of 10 days ago, when the river flooded in spots around the area. Late Monday, Deer Creek once again flooded Scott Road to a record level. Read more »

A look at high waters on Scott Road

With more storms forecast, here's a brief look at Scott Road when it was flooded by Deer Creek to maybe convince you that it's not worth the risk of driving through.

Country Club cleans up after Mother Nature

Club cleanup

Tee markerThe Country Club has been cleaning up since Saturday, trying to make the best of Mother Nature’s mess on Holes 10 and 11 of the South Course, which flooded Friday when the Cosumnes River rushed in. General Manager Bill Armstrong says they’ve got seven to 10 people on the job every day, and the work will continue for another week or 10 days. These shots were taken Monday, when workers were cleaning up the 10th tee, which was submerged halfway up the tee-box hill. (The marker stone, right, was completely submerged.) The South Course reopened for play Tuesday, minus Holes 10 and 11, which will be closed for another few weeks, Armstrong estimates. Click photos for larger images

Cosumnes rips levee, floods South Course

Repeating the damage it inflicted on Rancho Murieta Country Club in 1997, the Cosumnes River broke through the golf course levee early Friday and flooded two holes at the eastern end of the course. The river also flooded the first green, echoing 1997's damage. No homes were threatened.

Eight trees fall behind Rio Oso Drive

Downed trees

Trees fell like bowling pins Wednesday in common area behind 1 Park on Rio Oso Drive. Rod Hart, Rancho Murieta Association maintenance manager, said this tangle of brush is made up of at least eight trees. No homes were damaged. The National Weather Service is forecasting a rainy Thursday with a wind advisory from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gusts are forecast to reach 40 mph. The sun is expected back for the weekend.

Scott Road reported flooding in new spots

[Updated 2:26 p.m.] A neighbor driving Scott Road late Friday morning said the road is flooded in spots that aren't the usual flood areas. "There are new places that I haven't seen flood before," Damon Mercado reported around noon. He said there are "Road Closed Due to Flooding" signs deployed in places, including at Latrobe and Scott roads, just north of Rancho Murieta. Read more »

Winds topple tree on Lago Drive

Tree down

[Updated 8:56 a.m.] First light Sunday revealed the tree that was blown over during the night on Lago Drive. As you can see at right, it lifted a SMUD transformer, so SMUD had to cut power to that transformer, which impacted customers in the area. Just before 9 a.m., Rancho Murieta Association Maintenance said they were trying to get the tree out of the road safely and address the other half of the tree, which was threatening to fall too. At the time, SMUD was reporting 7,600 customers in the Sacramento area without power. There's a wind advisory in effect until 10 a.m. Photo by RMA Maintenance

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