San Diego County Cleans Up

By R. Stickney
|  Thursday, Dec 23, 2010  |  Updated 2:21 PM PDT
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Jodie Kodesh has your Thursday weather forecast and what to expect for the Christmas holiday weekend.

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Partly cloudy and mostly sunny – that’s what San Diegans can expect Thursday and Friday. After days of rain, residents are now cleaning up the water and debris left behind.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has canceled the flood warning for the San Diego River. Water levels should fall enough by this evening to allow roads in the area to reopen.

At Qualcomm Stadium, crews worked through the night to prepare the city’s stadium for the high-profile Poinsettia Bowl set to kick off at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Giant hoses sucked out muddy water as much as two to three feet deep from the sidelines of the field normally used by the San Diego Chargers.

San Diego State University will face Navy in front of an anticipated 51,000, the largest crowd in the history of the bowl game.

“We’ve never had this much water inside the stadium ever so this is new territory for us,” said stadium manager Mike McSweeney.

For those fans concerned about parking, there will be off-site parking available at SDSU.

City crews are helping with the clean up but the Poinsettia Bowl organizers said they will pick up the cost.

The Coaster will not be operating due to considerable soil erosion in Sorrento Valley. They hope to have repairs finished by Dec. 27. While the service is down, there will be a special bus shuttle between Oceanside, Sorrento Valley and San Diego, according to the North County Transit District.

While the Fashion Valley Transit Center was still closed as of 2 a.m. Thursday, the Green Line Trolley is running from Old Town to El Cajon according to the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System.

Metrolink is closed from Oceanside to Laguna Niguel. According to the company's Twitter feed, there is bus transport available.

Despite the return of nice weather, experts warn to stay away from the ocean. Experts normally recommend waiting 72 hours after a storm before getting in the water, though in this case some are saying five days might be wiser.

SeaWorld San Diego closed for the day as waters rose in the nearby San Diego River, but it was expected to reopen on Thursday.

To report flooding issues call the county's Storm Water Hotline at 888 846-0800.

 


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