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Sunday downpour floods Roseville's roads

By: Scott Thomas Anderson, Editor
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Hours of pounding rain took a toll on Roseville's avenues, closing the Washington Boulevard underpass and swamping a number of residential lanes and parking lots. 

Forceful showers started in the early morning hours before reaching a fevered pitch around 8 a.m. By 10 a.m., hazardous flooding in both lanes of the Washington Boulevard underpass prompted Roseville police and city workers to shut it down.

Flooding on Estates Drive near Roseville Square reached distracting levels during the worst of the storm, with water rising half way up the front lawns of the houses. Some residents on Church and Atkinson streets were also confronted by minor flooding.

Roseville city officials reported rising creek levels, but no threats to structures. Cirby Creek left its banks and peaked at 8:30 a.m., before receding. Linda Creek rose at a slower rate, thanks to flood control improvements, according to the city. Dry Creek was the biggest focus for city crews as it is the bigger watershed.

Creek levels in the west part of the city near Foothills Boulevard and Pleasant Grove Boulevard threatened to spill into busy roadways, though by noon a break in the rain caused flooding issues across Roseville to recede.

City officials also reported no power outages, however some residents were displaced due to localized street flooding in apartment complexes at 333 Cirby Way, where 15 units were affected, and 2900 Quail Ridge West, where one unit was affected.

The next major storm is due to arrive Tuesday.