Tehama County subdivision hit hard by flooding

Dec 12, 2014 1:38 PM by News Staff

A subdivision east of Red Bluff has been particularly hard hit by localized flooding after a series of winter storms overwhelmed what is usually a tame local creek.

Tehama County Sheriff's Lt. Yvette Borden said Friday that flooding in the McHie subdivision began when Salt Creek overflowed for the first time since 1996 during a storm last week. Thursday's heavy rain then sent waters so high that one home northeast of state Route 99 had water spilling into a bathtub and over a bed.

Power and gas services were mostly restored Friday as homeowners and emergency officials assessed the damage.

The National Weather Service's California Nevada River Forecast Center and Governor's Office of Emergency Services say such flooding was typical as drought-depleted reservoirs absorbed heavy rainfall but local streams overflowed.

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