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Los Gatos Tree Lighting Cancelled Due to Rain, Flooding

Parade Saturday at 11 a.m. still on schedule, organizers say.

Due to the current storm hitting the Town of Los Gatos and Town Plaza Park being flooded tonight's tree lighting has been postponed to next Friday, Dec. 7.

The Los Gatos Community Foundation and the Town of Los Gatos had to make the tough decision to reschedule tonight's tree lighting event to next Friday, Dec. 7 at 4:30 p.m. with the lighting of the tree at 6 p.m. and Santa arriving at 6:01 p.m.

"We wouldn't have the Los Gatos High School band or the Fisher band tonight due to the rain," said Jackie Rose, Los Gatos community outreach coordinator who is co-chair of the event with Sharon Childs, executive director of the Los Gatos Community Foundation.

Assistant Town Manager Pamela Jacobs said Town Plaza's turf "is very saturated due the the downpour that began Thursday night and is continuing today.

"Concerns about public safety and comfort and turf impacts led to the decision to postpone the event."

Los Gatos Parks and Public Works employees are focused on storm response throughout the town due to calls about clogged drains, localized minor flooding and downed tree branches, she added.

The tree lighting cancellation tonight does not affect tomorrow's parade. The Los Gatos Lions Club and the Los Gatos Saratoga Recreation Department will start the parade at 11 a.m. as scheduled.

Esmée St James November 30, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Good idea.. at least it's not snowing! Although that would be kind of fun. For a day.
Mary Smith November 30, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Probably best, and safer, to wait until the weather calms down. I'm sure your tree will be beautiful and worth waiting for! But, if Los Gatos' tree looks anything like the crappy tree in downtown Boulder Creek, you won't be missing a thing!!! Shame on you, Boulder Creek, you call THAT a pretty tree???
Jesse Ducker December 01, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Best for the safety and well-being of everyone. Wouldn't be much fun of a tree lighting anyway if it happened in a torrential downpour.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz December 01, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Yes heard those strong gusts of winds all night! And pouring rain! Hopefully next Friday night will be better!

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