The rains finally came in full force, and, when they did, the impact was immediate in Berkeley. Not only did the rain gear need to be hauled out of storage, but the city’s creeks began to gush and its drains bowed under the pressure and failed to drain.

Above, a photo by Andy Fremder of Vicente Creek yesterday. Below, Codornices Creek also after yesterday’s rains, shot by D.H Parks who also took the photo of the parallel bars and puddle at the track at King Middle School.

The forecast shows a strong chance of rain for the next five days, followed by a lull on Tuesday and Wednesday next week, with thunderstorms likely returning on Thursday March 22.

Below, city employees trying to unblock a drain on the corner of Ashby and Shattuck this morning.

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...