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V.C. rainfall dampens ground but not spirits

February 5, 2010 12:21:43 AM PST
Steady rain fell across Southern California on Friday as another powerful storm hit the Southland. The storm is expected to bring up to 1.5 inches of rain in the valleys.The light rain that lingered in Ventura for most of the day slowed foot traffic along Main Street, but for some determined shoppers the showers were not going to keep them from getting to where they needed to go.

Many people suited up in raincoats with umbrellas in hand while outdoors, but for Juan Moreno a poncho was ample protection.

"I like the rain, I'm a fan of the rain, that's why I came out today," said Moreno. "I've been working all week indoors the whole time so I decided to go out for a walk in the rain."

The weather also created quite an inconvenience for drivers on the 101 Freeway in Ventura County.

"It's really messing with my kids play date today," said Skylar Roberts of Camarillo. "I have to drive all the way to Glendale so I hope it's a safe drive.

Drivers appeared to heed warnings from the California Highway Patrol - no major incidents were reported in the area.

Other Camarillo residents said they didn't mind the rain, especially considering California's water shortage.

"I love it because we need it so bad, and I've got so much yard to water," said Greg Friedman.

Kids may love the rain, but it's not so fun for teachers, who will spend the entire school day indoors.

"27 third graders all day, no recess," said teacher Diane Wainwood with a laugh. "It's fun, but it's crazy."