A Wet Start to May in Fresno

May 2, 2009 12:07:52 AM PDT
Nearly half an inch of rain fell on the Fresno area Friday. The downpour caused some minor problems. A pickup truck slid into a power pole near Butler and Peach in Southeast Fresno. The driver says he swerved away from another vehicle in his path, and Fresno Fire Department Captain Rudy Guadiana said the wet roadway appeared to have been a factor: "Yes it was because he said he was driving and to avoid the accident he hit the brakes and with the wet roadways he said he lost control and couldn't regain it and that's when he hit the power pole."

The driver was not hurt. The power pole was snapped and traffic was diverted to avoid the possible hazard caused by power lines crossing the road.

"It could be a very hazardous situation because of injuries secondary to the accident and also a possible fire situation too." Guadiana said.

But, as it turned out there was no electricity in the line that fell, and no power outages occurred.

A slick off ramp sent a vehicle off the road at Highway 180 and Abby. Nobody was hurt.

Heavy rain knocked down some tree limbs in Southeast Fresno, but no significant damage was reported.

The rain came down hard in North Fresno. Children and parents attending the school carnival at Nelson Elementary School made the most of it. While the bounce houses were taken down in the rain, many of the kids made do by taking off their shoes and splashing through the puddles of water pooled on the playground. Other activities were moved inside to the school cafeteria.

Rain showers are expected to continue throughout the weekend.

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