Rain drenching the Valley poses problems for drivers and farmers


Another round of heavy rain coming down on the Valley. The storm may be problematic for farmers and drivers. 

With heavy rain drenching parts of the Valley, Aram’s Auto Service Manager Billy Catching wants to make sure your cars are ready for it, beginning with wiper blades. 

“If you can’t see properly, you’re not going to be able to judge distances between yourself and vehicle in front of you and your vehicle and the side of the curb if you’re pulling up next to,” said Catching.

Catching said the first rain or two of the season, oil in the road can be more slick…so, make sure your tires are in good condition. 

“You’d be surprised how many people try to squeak the very last mile they can out of a tire when in fact, they’re creating such a safety hazard for themselves and the people around them,” said Catching. 

The city said there hasn’t been any major street flooding and that’s because they prepped months earlier. 

“We have maintenance crews that are out all the time and all the prep work was really done last Fall. So, we make sure the storm drains are all cleared out, we’ve tested all the pumps,” said Mark Standriff, a spokesperson for the city of Fresno. 

Meanwhile, David Sarabian, manager at SarabianFarms, said he’s concerned his newly planted green beans are going to rot. 

Sarabian said they may not have the warm weather and soil temperatur needed to grow properly. 

“We have to react, every storm is different,” Sarabian said. “That’s farming, is weather is so unpredictable. What happened last year, doesn’t mean it’s going to happen this year and so many different factors determine the end result.”

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