Lake Shasta resort owner hopeful after recent rains

Oct 26, 2014 7:39 PM by Charlene Cheng

After a long and dry summer, business owners around Lake Shasta are finally getting some relief.

Arlene Jones and her husband have owned the Sugarloaf Cottages Resort in Lakehead for over two decades.

She says that in recent years, rainfall hasn't come until much later.

"We haven't had rain in October for a few years, and having rain in October is a good sign for us for the future. I'm really hoping that the rain is here to stay," Jones said.

Unfortunately, there is a negative byproduct to these heavy rains.

Parts of the lake are brown with silt.

"My husband's tractor has been stuck in it, it's just a bunch of goo that you can't stand on and you can't maneuver in. It's just the muck from the bottom of the lake," Jones said.

The drought has been painful, but storms bring their own set of problems.

"We have to make sure that everything is buttoned up tight and closed up tight so that no rain gets into the cabins or get in through the bottom of the cabins as the rain is rushing down the hill, because we are on a hillside," Jones said.

Once the ditches are dug and the roofs are fortified, they're ready, and hoping, for a wet season.


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