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August 4, 2021

After rainy week, forecast is clear in San Benito

While Hollister has received more than two inches of rain in the deluge of storms that started Nov. 28 across Northern California and the Central Coast, the city and county have avoided the brunt of storms that caused flash flood warnings in other nearby counties, with some places seeing 12 to 20 inches of rain.

“We were fortunate to have escaped the brunt of the rain,” said Steve Wittry, the county’s public works director. “We had two and a half inches. We had some downed trees.”

He said the weekend storm was an example of how the city and county worked together to share specialized equipment to deal with the downed trees as well as any localized flooding in the area.

“There was some flooding in the Sunnyslope Village area and we helped with that,” he said. “In times of high stress, we work together.”

Supervisor Anthony Botelho said he was pleased to hear the county and city worked together during the winter storm. He said he received no calls from constituents in San Juan Bautista about issues with the rainfall.

“It seems to have gone pretty smoothly,” he said.

San Benito County received the most rainfall last Friday, with one and half inches recorded by University of California, Cooperative Extension. The most recent storm on Wednesday dropped 0.2 inches.

The total rainfall since Nov. 28 for Hollister was 2.19 inches.

The National Weather Service forecasts mostly sunny weather through Monday, with highs in the high 50s through the weekend. Evenings will be cloudy with lows in the mid-40s.

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