Northern CA people: school canceled tomorrow?

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  1. ms.irene

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    Now, I know the rest of the country is going to roll their eyes at this thread :rolleyes: But NorCal/Bay Area folks, is your school canceling? Our campus flooded last week and getting to school was a challenge, and this storm is supposed to be 3x worse than last week's. We don't get snow days here so I will readily admit that I am crossing my fingers for a storm closing!
     
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    As far as I know, we are not cancelling. We did, however, receive an email from Risk Management letting us know what to do in case of power outages.
     
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    Hoping you don't experience flooding.

    Our district has had days off before due to flooding from heavy rains. It is hard to have school when kids and teachers can't get there.
     
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    You should be able to get to work. The real rain starts around noon, maybe sooner in the Bay Area.

    Getting home might be a challenge. Also, nobody is talking about Friday. It's supposed to rain hard all night and not taper off until morning.

    FYI, for Midwesterners, Southeasterners, and Northeasterners who think we are being wimpy about this, here is what happens. The weather itself isn't all that impossible to drive in. But all it takes is one flooded underpass, interchange, or offramp, or a jacknifed big rig, and our beloved freeways turn into parking lots. Literally.

    Most California freeways don't have frontage roads and there is usually no way to cross the median to turn traffic around. So once you are on, you don't get off. There's a causeway between my home and work that, if it shuts down, I might as well pitch a tent because I'm going nowhere until whatever is blocking it gets cleared - even if traffic is moving fine in the other direction.

    And it looks like tomorrow I get to drive across said causeway with a 40 mph crosswind.
     
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    This is true -- California is not set up for weather! I hadn't even thought about getting home yet -- I don't want to be stuck at school! At least I don't have to get on the freeway any more!
     
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    I wish we would cancel. I am really concerned about getting to and from work tomorrow. I plan to take a particular back road and avoid freeways altogether. I live about 25 miles from my school. In regular rain it can be 50 minutes easily, and I can't even imagine tomorrow. My commute is also a freeway that flooded last week, so I'm not even going to try it.

    They've decided to do a late start tomorrow, though teachers are still coming at regular time to provide supervision to early students. It does give us a cushion, though. But from what I've heard, a lot of the worst of it is later than commute time, so I'm not sure how much good it will do...

    I have been living in SoCal for the past 15 years and just moved up here in July, so I am REALLY unprepared for this! I don't even understand the concept of being worried about storms.

    Exactly!

    Yeah, I hadn't thought about it either! I've been so concerned about getting TO school that I haven't thought about getting HOME! I do know I plan to leave the minute dismissal is over....if it's possible!
     
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    Anyone who has been around serious flooding in the west is not rolling their eyes. Getting students safely to school should be a great concern. If that means a day of school cancelled or postponed, so be it. I wish you luck and hope that the flooding isn't too severe.
     
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    I am on the coast and hoping for a school closure day...just to have some fun:):):)

    Selfish I know....however, no closure for us near Monterey/Santa Cruz.
     
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    Hold the phone... I'm in Central California... what is this "RAIN" you speak of? ;-)
     
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    San Francisco public schools are closed tomorrow! I think some districts in Marin have decided to close as well.
     
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    I am in the immediate bay area and my school is closed today! Woo!
     
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    My day started with an email from my super at 5am saying school was open, since there was no flooding on the roads or campuses. I drove across town in pouring rain, through flooding and horrible visibility to find 3 inches of water covering our parking lot. Zero period had already started and the office was crammed with kids waiting for late passes. Then at 7:30 came an email and announcement that the schools were closing and we should all go home. I was happy to go home, but frustrated that the district waited until we were all already out on the roads, with kids in class and parents on their way to work, when they finally made the call. I just hope everyone made it home safely!
     
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    So far the rain gauge I put outside my classroom says only 1 1/8 inches since 8:00 this morning. That's most unimpressive. I have 16 out of 21 kids. And apparently I have the best attendance of the primary grades.
     
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    School is closed here. Probably good for any staff who are out of the city so that they are not caught here.
     
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    I am located on a river floodplain. Parts of our town are under water, and we have had mudslides cover some roadways. The wind has definitely not been as bad as predicted, and we haven't lost power (thank goodness!).

    Meanwhile, I have been watching a reply-all email chain in response to the superintendent's initial email get more and more entertaining. I was frustrated this morning, too, but I am not about to put the super on blast over a district-wide listserve!
     
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    The rain hasn't hit my area as of yet. I heard it's about 30 minutes away, though.
     
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    We had someone come around to all the classes to get the kids prepared, get their blankets ready, candles, bring animals inside, etc etc all the safety instructions as well.
    I'm still having a hard time visualizing this storm, because right now everything is quiet, actually not as cold as before, although covered in clouds (which is not unusual). But I picked up a few candles and I'm having a large pot of stew on the stove, so just in case the power is out, we'll be ok. Although it will be hard to get ready in the morning to candle light, I've done it once, and it sucked.
     
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    All of the districts around our district closed. But we didn't. To be honest, the weather wasn't that bad. There was flooding in other areas though from what I hear.

    We're in East Bay and right on top of Mt. Diablo, so the rain would all flow away from us anyway.
     
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    Peregrin, I think I am not far from you! We did not close though a secret part of me really wanted to. Rain has not been that bad, but it is much worse elsewhere. Sarge is right, it is the roads and the flooding. And the mudslides.
     
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    I'm on the Valley floor... no rain here, yet.
     
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    It's hard to have mudslides when your terrain is totally completely flat. You can have mud, but it doesn't slide. It just sits there.

    But I have actually had people who live around me tell me, with a straight face, they're worried about mudslides.

    Today turned out to be an ordinary rainy day. However, because of so much media hype, about a third of our students were out. And now they all have unexcused absences.
     
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    We did have slides here -- I live in the Russian River watershed and the only place for the water to go was directly on top of us. We just heard that we are canceled for tomorrow too, which is probably a good thing since it hasn't stopped raining since last night, and isn't supposed to stop until tomorrow morning. Seeing as my campus was already under three inches of water at 7:30 this morning, I can only imagine what it would look like tomorrow! I am a little concerned about how I am going to fit final review and exams into the two days I have left with each class next week, though.
     
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    Las Vegas used to be horrible in the rain: the place gets something like three inches of rain a year, which isn't much - but it tends to come down in one day, and as often as not in one or two hours. The parking lot under Caesar's Palace would flood, Desert Inn Road on either side of the bridge would wash out, and the power would go off everywhere except the casinos (all of which had emergency generators). This meant that all the traffic lights would be off. The big problem then was not cars barrelling through the intersections anyway, but quite the opposite: drivers would sort of tippy-toe up to the intersection, and you could see them wondering: "Wait: is it my turn? No, it must be your turn. Um, wait..." It was funny, as long as one wasn't in a hurry.
     
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    I had 7 out of 28 absent today. SO irritating. It wasn't even a big deal. I did love how little traffic there was today since apparently no one went to work today!
     
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    We had ZERO rain during the school day! None!

    Funny thing is that our school secretary said that when she called parents to find out why their children weren't at school today, many of them commented that they kept them home due to the anticipated rain. :rolleyes:
     
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    LOL so ridiculous!

    It's been raining here for over 13 hours straight. Not torrential downpours or anything, though. Tomorrow is just supposed to be showers. I hope it's not terrible. I don't want to deal with the flooding. :unsure: I sure hope my kids show up tomorrow!
     
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    We've had steady rain, but not a true stormer all. No downpour, no thunder or lightening. However, I was without power for about 4.5 hours this morning. It would have been a disaster to try to get ready for work with no power!
     
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    This is what I was expecting! My kids were so disappointed that the power never went out. :lol:
     
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    The Russian River one of the most beautiful places on the planet, but it is like ground zero of flooding.

    My grandparents used to live on Silverado Trail - another beautiful place that floods when everyone else is high and dry. But we would always have about a day's warning when the Napa River would go from being in their backyard to being in their living room.
     
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    I hope their absences were unexcused. Our secretary is allowed to chew out parents when they are that clueless.
     
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    I woke up to the power still on, raining, (nothing crazy though, I can't even hear it), and no wind. Can't see any flooding outside, and the intersection next to my house usually can't handle a lot of rain.
    I'm sure that's not the case everywhere though, a friend texted me last night that 7 powerlines were down in my city, was I one of them? And I saw on the news that way down, in Delano both of the sides of the freeway is closed due to flooding. (that's not good, because the 99 is the only way up or down in the Central Valley)
     
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    Definitely an unexcused absence.
     
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    It's still raining heavily here...we never lost power, but parts of our district did. Our super canceled for today at about 4:30pm yesterday and I think it was a good call. It has been raining non-stop for nearly 36 hours now!

    We do live in a beautiful place, but it is just not set up to handle this much water all at once!
     
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    We finally got some rain! Started around 2 am and hasn't stopped since. All my lawn decorations are blown over... but I haven't seen or heard of any heavy wind or flooding in my neck of the woods other than lots of rain. Thank goodness, we need this rain SO bad! And no school closures that I've heard.
     
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    It finally stopped raining here! I guess it blew over to where you are :)
     

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