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Oct 6, 2010 9:31 PM by Ariel Wesler

Rainfall leaves behind extensive damage

The wet weather on the Central Coast has already left a path of damage in its wake. A local church is cleaning up extensive water damage from last night's rains, and drivers are getting an early taste normal winter weather.

The rain did damage both inside and out. It caught this Grover Beach church on 16th Street by surprise.

"We had started to tear off the roof," Pastor Reynolds Ritchie.

The water poured in overnight, flooding the sanctuary and causing extensive water damage. ServPro Restoration came out and put a tarp on the roof. With water saturating the carpet, the heavy duty clean up continued all day.

The company at the church until about 1 a.m. taking care of the initial flooding. They estimate they'll be here for another three to four days until all the water is gone.

In Arroyo Grande, a tree fell, knocking out power and cable for one homeowner.

"All of our lines is laying down in the lot underneath the broken branch," said Joy Bena of Arroyo Grande.

On the roads, the CHP reported a few minor morning accidents. A woman suffered minor injuries after a car hydroplaned on Highway 101 north of the Santa Margarita off ramp. The CHP offers this advice.

"Make sure that you're giving yourself more time, more room and be aware of what's around you," said CHP Officer John Townsen.

Whether or not you're prepared for the wet weather, think of this as a chance to prepare.

"When the regular rain comes, we'll be ready for it," Pastor Reynolds said.

The CHP says first rains of the season usually bring out the oils in the road, making them slicker. Officers say keep a four second following distance and make sure your vehicle is ready for the rain. Check brakes, tire tread, lights, and windshield wipers.

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