El Niño rains put a damper on South Bay little league's season opener

- El Niño is back and it's about to hit the Bay Area hard. A series of big storms are expected to roar into the weekend bringing strong winds and the threat of downed trees, power outages and flooding. The rain has already put a damper on weekend plans.

The return of wet weather made for a difficult commute. On Friday, Highway 680 in San Jose at times was a virtual parking lot as slippery roads greeted drivers.

"The last couple of days the sun has been shining and it was warm," said Eric Leon of San Jose. "I didn't expect it to be so wet today."

However, all this is nothing compared to the pounding that's expected to hit the Bay Area this weekend.

The weather is expected to be so bad; the Santa Teresa Little League for the first time in four years canceled the season's opening day festivities on Saturday for nearly 800 children over safety concerns. The Canter brothers don't like the rain one bit.

"It's good for the drought but it's not good for baseball because then we can't play our games anymore," said 8-year-old Caden Canter.

"From a little league president's perspective, I say it's the worst timing ever when our major fundraiser has to get canceled and we have to put the games and fun on hold," said Jeff Canter, president of the Santa Teresa Little League.

A wet soaked tarp now covers home plate as a wind tattered little league banner hangs behind it. The league is concerned it's a sign of things to come.

"We are worried that a lot of our games are going to be canceled," said Canter.

However, the boost in rainfall is welcome news for water officials.

"February was disappointing but we are hoping for a miracle March so we will see how it goes from here," said Colleen Valles of the Santa Clara Valley Water District.

A big storm is expected Saturday afternoon with more rain overnight followed by another storm Sunday. All of this will help fill the state's reservoirs. Right now, Santa Clara County's 10 reservoirs are at roughly 43 percent capacity.

"Any rain that we get is necessary," said Valles. "One year of rain is not going to end four years of drought so we are going to need a lot more but this is a step in the right direction."

"It's a good time to stay in, watch a movie or rent a movie," said Leon.

To prepare for the weekend, the water district has stocked 18 sites with sandbags and crews are clearing hot spots of trash and debris making sure the creeks and waterways are flowing.

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