TWENTYNINE PALMS — The storm that blew through the Morongo Basin early Saturday morning, Oct. 13, left a trail of destruction, power outages and indirect consequences in its wake.
Twentynine Palms Highway was reported shut down near Yucca Valley, stranding Twentynine Palms High School football players returning from a game against Desert Mirage High School, keeping most of the vendors from getting to the Twentynine Palms farmers’ market Saturday morning.
Coming back from a 48-8 road win over Desert Mirage High School Friday night, Coach Ernest Martinez and the Twentynine Palms High School football teams found themselves stranded in Yucca Valley when the highway became impassible.
Martinez said they arrived at La Contenta Road and found they could go no further. Told the delay would last four to six hours, they turned around and headed back into town, ending up at the Yucca Valley Denny’s before heading to the Yucca Valley High School gym at 6 a.m.
“We were treated outstanding by the people of Denny’s,” Martinez said, adding that volunteers have brought his team food and water at the gym.
“We hope to be home soon,” he said.
Roger Thomas, who manages the farmers’ market, where two vendors were able to set up shop Saturday morning, said the Wonder Valley area was hit hard by flooding from the storm.
The color run which had been set to take place Saturday morning at Knott Sky Park and youth soccer games set for Luckie Park were all canceled because of the storm.
The color run has been reset for 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, with check in beginning at 7:30.
Make up dates for soccer will be determined at a later date.
The storm also led to multiple power outages in the Twentynine Palms and Desert Heights area, including one affecting a reported 556 customers. According to a Southern California Edison website that outage located south of Twentynine Palms Highway and east of Utah Trail, will not see restoration of power until 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14.
A power outage reported near Rainier Road and Maize Road in the Desert Heights area, affecting a reported 33 customers, could see power restoration by 11:30 p.m. Saturday.
Another Desert Heights power outage, reported south of Valle Vista Road and west of El Portal Avenue, is affecting a reported 61 customers and could last until 1:30 a.m. Sunday.