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SAN DIEGO – Tuesday’s heavy rains brought not only nightmare traffic and flooding for San Diegans, but several fallen tree branches were also reported throughout the county, San Diego police said.

In Otay Mesa, police were getting assistance from public works after a large tree branchfell on a parked car early Wednesday morning.

The branch fell onto the car at 968 Churrituck Drive around 2:30 a.m. It was unclear how badly the car was damaged because it had a cover over it. The fallen branch measured about 20 feet by 15 feet.

Public Works was expected to arrive later Wednesday morning to help move the branch.

A similar situation occurred in Jamul when a tree branch fell and blocked all lanes at Jefferson Road and Olive Vista Drive late Tuesday night. Drivers managed to squeeze by the tree on the shoulder of Jefferson Road after it fell around 11:38 p.m.

The California Highway Patrol worked with County Roads and eventually cleared the lanes.

No injuries were reported in either incident.

In addition, nearly 385 vehicle collisions were reported between midnight and 9 p.m. Tuesday, the California Highway Patrol said. On average, there are approximately 140 crashes reported on a normal “good weather” day.

The highest volume of crashes occurred between noon and 2 p.m., during which time 112 crashes were reported around San Diego freeways and unincorporated area streets.

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