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Desert REC and UCCE Imperial County taken by storm

A thunderstorm on Sept. 8 downed trees and flooded the property around the UC Cooperative Extension office in Imperial County and Desert Research and Extension Center.
UC Desert Research and Extension Center in Holtville and the neighboring UC Cooperative Extension office for Imperial County were hit by a severe thunderstorm on Friday, Sept. 8. 
 
"Many trees are down," Oli Bachie, UC Cooperative Extension Imperial County director, wrote in an email. "Entrance to our office from the front side is blocked with tree branches and back side with flood."

Bachie added, "Everything is ok and no one is hurt in the incident. Please, no worries!"

Gilberto Magallon, Desert REC superintendent, warned researchers that their research projects may be affected by the storm and there may be delays in planting and on establishing new projects.
 
High winds tore off corrugated metal roofing at Desert REC.
 
"You would never believe that you were in the low desert today with the amount of precipitation we received!" wrote Shanna Abatti, 4-H program representative, who forwarded photos showing some of the flooding and property damage. "This just a little peek at some of the heavy rains we had! This was definitely a surprise!"
Posted on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 2:37 PM

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