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I was hopeful that we'd be able to get home on Sunday with no issues since the storms had ceased some. I figured if they did not close the pass on Friday during the blizzard, we'd make it through in a little snow. I was a bit panicky still as I had an appearance for work on Monday down in the Bay area and I doubt anyone would take sympathy on me for being crazy enough to go up there in the first place!
No problems on the drive home and chains only required for a short distance. It was a beautiful drive home and much less stressful than the drive up. We got back into Sacramento and I was stunned to see the level of damage from trees being uprooted and landing in the streets and on other structures. Many fences were blown over, a lot of roof damage, and a few cars the unlikely recipients of big tree branches.
Unfortunately, we apparently had over 70mph gusts at my house during the storms and the wind picked up my large glass patio table, shattering glass all through my backyard. The other thing that worries me through the storm season is living too close to the levee - there is nothing between our yard and the levee which has risen 6 feet. I am lucky that we sustained only minor damage at my house as many other people did not fare so well. Seeing as a work for a large auto and homeowners insurance company, we were forced into catastrophe mode on Monday. To date, we've received over 8,000 claims for damages relating to something as minor a fence blowing over, to structural damage from a roof being ripped off. I work in the litigation department but we've been assisting our homeowners' claims trying to settle as many of the less complicated losses as possible.
Thankfully, the rain has subsided and there doesn't seem to be too much more on the horizon for right now. I know Southern California also felt the wrath of these storms and had their own share of issues. News accounts indicate this was one of the worst storms in 50 years. Hopefully things will settle back down here soon!