Persistent rain makes for messy Monday


By Mike Kinney

Persistent rain was the cause for a messy Monday in the Bay Area area for commuters.

A Flash Flood Watch was issued for the North Bay mountains and valleys until late tonight, according to National Weather Service officials.

Some law enforcement agencies reported an uptick in traffic accidents. In Richmond at about 11:45 a.m. today, a 22-year-old San Pablo resident who was driving a truck too fast was killed when he lost control of his vehicle and it hydroplaned and struck a light pole, police said. The crash occurred southbound at 22nd Street and Bissel Avenue, right before the underpass, Lt. Felix Tan said.

Police are urging drivers to take it easy on the roads.

“The ground is super wet and it’s been raining all day,” Tan said, saying painted roadway caused an extra slick surface at the scene of the fatal crash.

Tan also advised drivers to make sure their wipers are in working in condition, and that bald tires are replaced, he said.

“Slow down,” he added. “Nothing is that important.”

Winds were expected to be strong and gusty, with peak winds forecast from late afternoon through tonight. Breezy conditions are expected through Tuesday, when widespread lighter rain is forecast.

Locals needing free sandbags can pick them up at the West County Detention Facility at 5555 Giant Highway in Richmond.