Raindrops cling to the underside of a sorrel plant in a redwood grove in Del Norte County. Photo by Bryant Anderson / WesCom News Service
CRESCENT CITY — Two weeks with one storm system after the other dumping rain, snow and hail on Del Norte County created a plethora of headaches for the region.
The nearly 18 inches of rain logged in Crescent City in mid-December with 37 inches reported elsewhere in the county caused flooding, power outages and made for hazardous driving conditions. But after four years of drought, Del Norte’s sand dune and forest ecosystems are getting a much needed drink of water.
“The way it’s raining now is the way it used to rain,” said naturalist Sandra Jerabek, program director with the Tolowa Dunes Stewards. “When I first moved here 20 years ago, this is how it used to rain.”