Wet weather had firefighters and homeowners busy fighting the rising water

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The wet weather kept firefighters and homeowners busy Wednesday night. (KFSN)

The wet weather kept firefighters and homeowners busy Wednesday night. Streets flooded and trees fell down causing some damage.

For a moment, Sandra Bellisomi was fighting a rising tide, "We had the door open, trying to sweep it out-- as fast as we'd sweep it out, it would come right back in," she said.

Bellisomi lives in Fresno County island and she had a couple inches of water surrounding her home from the heavy rain, "Too much, too fast-- a lot of water."

In the city, storm drains backed up and flood water swallowed sidewalks. A viewer shot cell phone video from a car near First and Bullard where the street looked more like a river.

There was also some close calls with falling trees. One fell at the intersection of Willow and Tulare. It landed on top of a minivan and trapped a mother and daughter inside. Fortunately, they weren't hurt and firefighters used chainsaws to get them out.

Another tree fell on an apartment complex near Clark and Tyler and forced some people out of their homes. Again, no one was hurt but a city bus was called in to give temporary shelter while a crew cut the tree and removed it.

Back at Bellisomi's house, she says the water will likely sit over night . She has sandbags protecting the doorway and she says the rain is still a good thing. "In the Valley it's been too dry for too long," Bellisomi said.
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