Raina Jiang | Co Editor-in-Chief
After years of drought, Livermore has been hit with multiple rainstorms starting late December, causing power outages, flooding, and road closures. Since December, Livermore has has received nearly 9 inches of rain according to Elivermore.com weather, 173% of the average levels.
Here at LHS, some teachers reported leaking from their roofs and windows. According to Vice Principal Tom Fletcher, “I didn’t hear a lot of other people with leaks with the amount of rain that we got. We don’t get that much rain for that long very often. The traditional hot spots are the Career Center and the band room.” During a storm back in October, the band room had several leaks, which were fixed by the District Office.
Fletcher also added, “Mrs. Hansen in the main building had a pretty good-sized leak on her window, so the daytime custodian had to go and dry her carpet a few times, so it wouldn’t get moldy. Mrs. Sarraille had a leak in 401 from one of her windows.” The major cause for the leaks at LHS is the flat-topped roofs that don’t drain rain properly like a slanted or round-topped roof would. Part of the office building, the 300’s building, and the 400’s building all have flat-topped roofs.
There were also drainage problems around campus by the band room and in Cowboy Alley, where large puddles formed on the walkways. According to Fletcher, there is also a large puddle that forms by the Career Center by the music room.
Lake Del Valle Regional Park in South Livermore was also closed for several weeks in mid January due to storm damage. According to The Mercury News, “The park district closed the park on Jan. 11 when storm-fed waters at Lake Del Valle flooded the campgrounds, picnic areas, and beaches along or near the shoreline and covered them with mud, silt, tree branches and debris. Power also was cut off.” Water levels in Del Valle also rose due to the rain and water being pumped in through the South Bay aqueduct, which supplies most of the water for Zone 7.
Both lanes of Vallecitos Road were also closed on Jan. 27 because construction crews had to repair a retaining wall damaged by the rainstorm.
However, despite Northern California being pounded by storms, the California drought is still not over. Southern California and Central Coast reservoirs are still at near-empty levels and groundwater levels are low.