Camp Fire survivors in Tehama County recover from flooding threat
CORNING, Calif. —
Wednesday night, heavy rain in Tehama County led to flooding on several streets in Red Bluff including Aloha Street near Walmart.
By Thursday afternoon the water had receded off the street, but what it left behind was muddy sidewalks and soggy garages after what residents are calling an unpredictable situation.
Karen Hafey's home backs up to the creek that swelled and over-flowed onto Aloha Street.
She said Wednesday night the water level in the creek rose quickly from the rain and ended up seeping into people's garages and even into one of her neighbors homes.
Hafey said she's seen flooding like this is the past, but for her, the most shocking part of the experience was how quickly it all happened.
"It just surprised me how quick it came up up front. You know, I mean this you expect it to be, as hard as it was raining. But this I didn't expect it to come up quite as fast as it did out front," said Karen Hafey.
Hafey said she got about 4 inches of water in her garage from the flood and the water rose in her backyard coming up right below the deck to her house.
She also watched as a large fallen tree was swept past her home by the high water.
Meanwhile in Corning, Camp Fire survivors living at Woodson Bridge RV Park, along the Sacramento River said the heavy rain still has them on edge; watching the water and waiting to see if they'll have to evacuate their homes once again.
"It should have been terrifying, but we were more in a mode of, 'We need to be thinking about what we need to do and what do we need to get in the vehicles?'" said Camp Fire survivor Colleen Peters.
A feeling many fire survivors have become all too familiar with over the last few months.
"Will we have to evacuate again? Because if we had to leave here, we don't know where we would go with our trailer," Peters said.
Peters said she and her family barely escaped the Camp Fire in November after driving through a wall of fire.
"Debris had landed on the road and it was in flames. The trees all around were on fire. And you could see cars in front just rush through it as fast as they could. So just one at a time we would go, go, go."
Since then they have slept in tents, a borrowed trailer and eventually an RV they bought with insurance money.
However, Wednesday night new fears emerged for the Peters' from the river just behind their RV.
"We knew the water would be rising but we didn't expect quite this much. At 5:30 this morning my husband said I needed to come look at the river. And when I looked I was surprised at how close it was to our tent," Peters said.
The river had risen to just feet from their family's temporary home.
After assessing the danger, the Peters put in this stick along the bank of the river early this morning to help them keep an eye on how high the water was rising.
"But we know that more rain is going to be coming. And that's the concern is how much more water is going to be coming down the river? Today. Tonight. Tomorrow," Peters said.