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Flash flood watch called off, but more showers to come

Staff reports

Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Kenji, 11, Yugi, 7, and Maury Kanheke, visiting from Orange County, take cover in a downpour Monday at Regan Beach.

The National Weather Service on Monday called off a flash flood watch for the Sierra following thunderstorms which created temporary flooding in South Lake Tahoe.

Although roads were still saturated at 4 p.m., the weather service expected the storm to calm overnight, said Chris Jordan, National Weather Service meteorologist. The watch was issued Sunday afternoon.

“Showers and thunderstorms will be continuing, but they will taper off,” he said. “Tuesday will see more showers, but with less intensity than today.

“Today was kind of an active day.”

Jordan said a storm of Monday’s magnitude is uncommon for the Sierra during this time of year, but a heavy low pressure system has deluged the region, especially the southern Sierra.

“It should start to move out of the area (Monday night),” Jordan said. “By Wednesday the storm will be out of the area.”

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The storm cell was moving west to east.

In related news, firefighters responded to separate reports of smoke near Tahoe Mountain Road, Fallen Leaf Lake and the gondola at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

Leona Allen, communications coordinator for police and fire calls, said only the smoke near Angora Ridge proved to have some flame flickers along with the smoke but U.S. Forest Service crews responded to the scene. The fire did not grow enough to be a grave concern.

Dennis Cocking, information officer with South Tahoe Public Utility District, said the downpours did not overwhelm drains. Cocking credited filter fences, best management practices and erosion controls.

“Everything is doing what it’s supposed to be doing,” he said.

“The lightning was more of a concern there for awhile but nothing from a soil erosion standpoint,” Cocking added.