An 18-inch pipe burst shortly after 6 a.m. in Redding last week, flooding a dozen homes and forcing residents to evacuate in the early hours.
The streets are fixed and traffic re-opened, but residents in the area are still being reminded of what they woke up to that morning.
"It's easier for me to laugh than cry, but yes it did a lot of damage, it filled the basement," said Elva Beauchamp.
Not everyone was lucky enough to be able to stay in their homes.
About ten evacuees will be calling a hotel room home for the next four to seven weeks.
"They're packing us up, and they'll look at the damage on the stuff that's got the water on it and decide what has to be replaced," Rose Nidiffer said.
Crews are working daily to restore the apartments that were flooded.
After they finish removing carpet and drywall, the units will undergo environmental testing.
"What that means is they go in and look for biohazards, germs, mold, things like that. When we get the test back that it's positive and ready to go, we can start the reconstruction phase," said Christian Carmona, a risk manager for the city.
Carmona says that they're still in the process of figuring out the monetary damages.