Empty fields near our house turned into giant puddles.
Laguna Creek overflows its banks and spills into the overflow basin. Normally the overflow basin is dry and there's a walkway between the creek and the basin. The creek level is usually several feet below the level of the walkway. If the overflow area wasn't there, the creek would flood highway 99.
The overflow basin started filling up.
This photo was taken from the frontage road at the point where Laguna Creek goes under highway 99. The creek is usually nowhere near this wide.