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  • Downed trees and high water in Atascadero

    Heavy rains and winds caused trees to fall across Atascadero, including in Atascadero Lake Park, where there was some damage. A swollen Atascadero Creek filled low-lying areas and rushed through downtown on Sunday, January 22, 2017.

Heavy rains and winds caused trees to fall across Atascadero, including in Atascadero Lake Park, where there was some damage. A swollen Atascadero Creek filled low-lying areas and rushed through downtown on Sunday, January 22, 2017. Joe Tarica The Tribune
Heavy rains and winds caused trees to fall across Atascadero, including in Atascadero Lake Park, where there was some damage. A swollen Atascadero Creek filled low-lying areas and rushed through downtown on Sunday, January 22, 2017. Joe Tarica The Tribune

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January 23, 2017 01:09 PM

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