Rain Catches Padres by Surprise

Following a rain storm that dumped more than 9 inches in some places of San Diego, Petco Park could not escape the flooding from a recent winter storm on the west coast of the United States. While grounds crews were busy getting ready to lay sod for the upcoming season on Monday, mother nature sent downtown San Diego a visit by bringing with it enough precipitation to exhaust the drainage system built into the Padre’s home stadium.

Fox News 5 of San Diego reported that this recent storm has contributed to the overflow of the Lower Otay Reservoir that contains much of the city’s imported drinking water. According to the news source, the last time the reservoir flooded was in 2011.

The recent rain storms on the west coast have been a huge relief for many parts of the state, who have been in a drought for more than five years. The U.S. Drought Monitor is reporting that 17% of the state now remains in a drought, as opposed to the near 100 percent number at this time last year. San Diego’s recent rainstorm was officially reported to have dumped more than 2-3 inches by the National Weather Service.

As crews at Petco Park knew the weather was coming, they began to lay sod Monday morning until rain began to puddle in various places throughout the outfield. In less than twenty four hours, the field began to look unrecognizable from the recent moisture. There has been no damage reported from the water and crews expect to resume laying sod once the moisture clears.

Thankfully for the San Diego baseball team, they were away practicing at their Spring training in the Phoenix desert. The Padres will wrap up Spring Training on March 30 in Scottsdale, Arizona.