The mountains shook and the heavens opened up Saturday morning. It may not be the time to build your own ark, but some folks in Twentynine Palms may have thought so. Reporter Dan Stork describes what happened…
First it was an earthquake that rattled the desert. A magnitude 4.6 quake, about 5 miles west of Big Bear, was felt as far away as Palm Desert at 9:59 a.m. Saturday morning. Then shortly after 11 a.m., it started raining in Twentynine Palms. Hard. For about 45 minutes. Some residents even reported hail. The rain and subsequent flash flooding resulted in multiple swift-water rescues by the Twentynine Palms Fire Department.
Shoulder of Larrera Avenue washed out.
Downed power pole off Adobe.
Fire Engineer Lee Martin said several drivers had to be rescued after they drove into water flowing across the road on Adobe and Bagley. Winds and flash flooding also toppled at least 14 power poles in Twentynine Palms, leaving an estimated 2000 homes and businesses without power for hours in the city. Some areas of 29 Palms reported receiving 1.28 inches of rain. A portion of Larrea Road, north of the highway, was washed out from the flooding, and Martin said numerous streets turned into little rivers, including Highway 62 east of Copper Mountain College, and at Mesquite Springs Road, leaving behind mud and debris. Lee reminds residents not to try and cross roads that have water flowing across them because you never know how deep the water is. Even a couple of inches of water is enough to carry off some vehicles. “Turn around, don’t drown.”
NOTE: This is a corrected version of the story.
Two Twentynine Palms men were arrested early Saturday morning, suspected of multiple burglaries in the city Friday. According to a Sheriff’s report, residents in the 6600 block of Palo Verde Avenue, 7400 block of Cactus Drive, 6000 block of Mariposa Avenue, 6600 block of National Park Drive, 6300 block of Cholla, and at Luckie Park, all reported burglaries and attempted burglaries Friday night-Saturday morning. Shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday, two men, later identified as Dallas Moore, 20, and John Schutte, 19, were seen trying to break into a vehicle on Mariposa Avenue, and then fled from the witness. Deputies located Moore and Schutte, and some of the property that had been reported stolen, near Sunnyslope Drive and Baileya and arrested them. Dallas Moore and John Schutte were booked at the Morongo Basin Jail for burglary and are being held without bail for violating their parole. During the course of the investigation, deputies went to a home in the 6000 block of Daisy Avenue where they arrested Bobby Burcham,25, on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bobby Burcham was cited and released.
The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in July for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spay and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you with your lost pet. Clinics will be held in Joshua Tree, behind the dinosaurs on Highway 62, on July 8, 9, 15, 17, 19, 22, and 23. A clinic will also be held at Wild Mustang Feed in Morongo Valley on July 30. All clinics are held from 10 to 2. To make an appointment for spay or neutering, call 760-322-4560. Visit animalactionleague.us for updated schedules on clinics.
Just as learning does end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. Reporter Dan Stork says there’s free lunch and breakfast available for children during part of the summer…
The Morongo Unified School District is sponsoring a Summer Feeding Program, in conjunction with the US Department of Agriculture and the National School Lunch Program. There is no paperwork. Just show up, and each child will provided with a nutritious meal absolutely free. Breakfast and lunch are also available to adult for $2.50 and $3.50 per meal, respectively. The distribution locations are Twentynine Palms High School, the Community Services Center, and Knotts Sky Park in Twentynine Palms, and Yucca Mesa Elementary School, the Boys & Girls Club, and Yucca Valley High School in the west end of the Morongo Basin. Distribution sites will be open Monday through Thursday, from June 23 to July 31 for most of the sites. They are open for a very short time at each site—15 or 20 minutes—and at different times for every site. A complete schedule is listed with this story at Z1077fm.com. For more information, call MUSD Nutritional Services at 760-367-9191 extension 4261 or 4271.
Twentynine Palms High School – June 23 to July 31, Monday — Thursday
Breakfast – 9:20 A.M. to 9:40 A.M.
Lunch – 12:30 P.M. – 12:45 P.M.
Twentynine Palms Community Services Center – June 23 to July 31, Monday Thursday Breakfast – 8:35 A.M. to 8:50 A.M.
Lunch – 11:30 A.M— 11:45 A.M.
Knotts Sky Park — June 23 — July 31, Monday — Thursday
Lunch — 11:00 AM. —11:20 A
Yucca Mesa Elementary – June 23 to July 24, Monday — Thursday
Breakfast – 9:45 A.M. to 10:00 A.M.
Yucca Valley Boys & Girls Club – June 23 to July 31, Monday — Thursday
Breakfast – 8:30 A.M. to 8:45 A.M.
Lunch – 11:40A.M. -Noon
Yucca Valley High School – June 23 to July 31, Monday — Thursday
Breakfast – 9:20 A.M. to 9:40 A
Lunch – 12:10 P.M. – 12: 25 P.M.