[UPDATE 6:08 p.m.] Whoops! Car Into Fire Hydrant Almost Drowns Little Critter
Video by Bobby Kroeker
A little before 4 p.m., a green Ford sedan ran over a fire hydrant at the Bayside Cutoff not far from Old Arcata Road. The hydrant is completely severed from its base.
A tow truck is in the area to remove the car. Please be careful as the fire department and towing are in the area and traffic is impacted.
UPDATE 4:50 p.m.: The driver was detained under suspicion of being DUI.
However, neighbors rallied around what one person described as a little woodrat (who knew they were so cute?) which had gotten flushed out by the water. [Note: our resident nature woman tells us that this is a Microtus californicus, a type of vole.]
The vole lost his home due to flooding and was eventually rescued by the Humboldt Wildlife Center
UPDATE 6:08 p.m.: The rescue folks scooped up the vole and took him to their center.