It was almost 'one of those days' as a hard rain fell

At times Monday it rained hard. Enough that windshield wipers had to be set on rapid, Little League games were canceled, some roads flooded in Healdsburg, Sonoma and Cotati, trees came down in places and in the hills where the most rain fell, landslides shut roads.

"It's trying real hard to be one of those days," Sonoma County's road maintenance division manager, Rob Silva, said in an email to county officials.

After crews Monday took away 200 yards of debris and reopened a stretch of Stewarts Point Skaggs Spring Road that had been narrowed to one lane by a Saturday slide, a second slide, seven miles away, toppled trees and power lines and partially blocked the road, three miles from Highway 1.

Crews were to work through the night and the road was expected to be fully open today, Silva said.

That was near Annapolis, which received about 1.50 inches of rain Monday, Silva said.

In Petaluma, .80 of an inch fell; in Rio Nido, .95; in Bodega, .55 inches. In Cazadero, perennially the wettest spot in Sonoma County, 1.27 inches fell. Cloverdale came close to that, with 1.24 inches falling.

Further north, 1 inch fell in Ukiah; .85 of an inch dropped in Fort Bragg; and Boonville got 1.02 inches.

In Santa Rosa, .53 of an inch of rain fell over the weekend and another .66 of an inch came down Monday. That brought the month's total in the city to 2.38 inches, nearly half the annual average of 4.53 inches for March.

The drought persists. But recent rains have buoyed the situation a bit.

Lake Sonoma, which got 1.02 inches of rain Monday, is at 74 percent of capacity, helped also by its size and a large watershed, said Brad Sherwood, spokesman for the Sonoma County Water Agency. That's up from 67 percent at the end of February.

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