Sunday Drive

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Beautiful Sunday morning

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.

Headed out of Reno
 

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.

What Hwy 80 should look like!
  It's sad for the Nevada people who sustained total losses from the levee/canal that caused the floods in Fernley, NV.  Most policies have flood and water damage exclusions so my heart goes out to those people. 

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! 

sybil says:
yes, socal had the same rain altho not to the extent that we needed chains. now, all is well and back in moderate 70F weather... :D
Posted on: Jan 14, 2008
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Beautiful Sunday morning
Beautiful Sunday morning
Headed out of Reno
Headed out of Reno
What Hwy 80 should look like!
What Hwy 80 should look like!
Headed out of Reno
Headed out of Reno
Truckee, CA
Truckee, CA
Truckee, CA
Truckee, CA
Traffic break for accident but tha…
Traffic break for accident but th…
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The last of the storm through the…
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Getting pelted by a snowball!
Getting pelted by a snowball!
Snowball fight with Scott
Snowball fight with Scott
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