NEWMAN—With a series of storms backed up past Hawaii, the city of Newman is keeping a wary eye on Orestimba Creek. The reed clogged creek just northwest of city limits has a history of troubles - combining with water from the CCID canal causing widespread flooding in southern Stanislaus County. "Debris comes downstream, backs up at the trestle with California Northern Railroad and starts coming down the highway," says Lieutenant Brett Short of the Newman Police Department.
Newman police officers are also worried about drivers who ignore the crossing arms at Eastin Road and Orestimba Creek. In the past two years, two drivers have died - washed away in their cars by the surging waters. As the storms blow through, Newman officers will be checking to make sure debris hasn't plugged Orestimba Creek every 3 hours.