Heavy rains drenched Berkeley over the weekend. Photo: Pete Rosos
Heavy rains drenched Berkeley over the weekend. Photo: Pete Rosos

A weekend of drenching rain brought some relief from the long-running drought, but also caused fallen trees and power lines and a series of flash flood warnings.

According to the National Weather Service, in the 72 hours up to 5 p.m. on Sunday, 1.83 inches of rain fell on west Berkeley. Heavy rains on Sunday evening carried the weekend total over 2 inches. Despite El Niño, rain totals for the year to date have been below average before the arrival of the weekend rains. The forecast is for further heavy rains later this week.

On Saturday evening, live wires in the 2300 block of Derby Street prompted Berkeley police to issue an alert for residents to shelter in place. The alert was lifted quickly after PG&E fixed the problem. There were additional reports of power outages and a transformer blew in the 1800 block of Bancroft Way.

Heavy rains Sunday evening caused a power outage in North and West Berkeley, up into Albany and Kensington, affecting around 4,600 PG&E customers.

We’ve collected some of the more dramatic and beautiful photos and videos Berkeleyans shared over the weekend. See our note at the foot of this article if you want to share your photos with us.

“How thoughtful of a storm, to bring down something else other than hard never ending rain.” Photo: Jan Erich
A double rainbow in Berkeley over the weekend. Photo: inongwoohoo
“Nature and I bonded today,” at the Berkeley Rose Garden for Berkeley Project Day. Photo: Brejjette Aljabi
Yellow flowers outside a raindrop-covered window. Photo: Jeannette Ferber
Green coats at Durant and Telegraph, in the “drug zone.” Grow your food. Photo: AK Serrano
“Spring and rain and splendor.” Photo: Colette Cabaniss
“Drowning in Berkton.” Photo: ryanstachio
“Rain rain go away.” Photo: Alanna Araujo
A deer walking across the driving range in the rain at Tilden. Photo: Jin Lee
“But did we not sweep only a week ago?” Photo: Cathryn Hrudicka
“The path network all around Berkeley is one of my favorite features about this area.” Photo: Thomas Wold
Rainy blossoms. Photo: Zoya
Solano Avenue. Photo: jar [o]

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Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...