Although another winter storm could be on the way early next week, the city of Hesperia is already digging out and assessing the damage after a wild week of weather that dumped as much rain as the city normally receives in a year in a four-day period.


"We won't know the extent of the damage until the water's all gone," city spokeswoman Kelly Malloy said Friday morning.


The three roads that have suffered the most obvious damage are Third Avenue between Mojave and Mauna Loa Streets ("completely washed out," said Malloy), portions of Sultana Street between Cottonwood and Hickory Avenues and Main Street near Pyrite Avenue have also suffered major damage.


The city is recommending that residents avoid driving through any puddles they can't see through.


"Because of the extent of the storms, there are roads that are damaged under the puddles," Malloy said. "Don't brave the deep puddle, because you don't know what's underneath it."


In the meantime, the city is documenting the damage of the storms that have passed while preparing for the storms to come.


"Until the storm's passed, we're recommending that people do sandbagging if they feel a threat of more flooding and also document the damages," said Malloy.


On Thursday, the city declared a state of emergency, as did the County of San Bernardino and the governor, helping both governments and private property owners eventually receive emergency assistance.


The city is now recommending that property owners document the damage to their property in preparation for the funds becoming available.


"Be as specific as possible as to when things happen, because it's better to have too much information than too little," said Malloy.


More rain is predicted for early next week.


"Now we buckle down and brave these next few storms and see where we are when they're all done."


Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 760-956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com. Follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/HesperiaStar.