Man Loses Home in Fire, Business in Floods

A man from paradise lost his home in the fire. All he had left was his carpet business in Chico, but the floods washed that way.

Posted: Nov 30, 2018 6:30 PM
Updated: Dec 3, 2018 3:57 PM

CHICO, Calif. - A man from paradise lost his home in the fire. All he had left was his carpet business in Chico, but the floods washed that way.

The owner, told Action News Now they filled this up at least 15 times with damaged goods and tossed it in the trash.

"This isn't gonna stop us this is just another hiccup," said Jerry Metcalf, Paradise evacuee and owner of Price is Right carpet center in Chico. 

He lost everything in the campfire - everything except his business.

But Thursday, flash flooding took his business costing him about $100,000. 

"I think we managed to save 50 percent of what we had," Metcalf said.

Action News Now asked Metcalf where he was when the flood hit. 

"I was out on a job site and then my son called and said dad the waters coming in I can't stop it and there was nothing I could do it was too fast it came in too fast," Metcalf said. 

Metcalf's son Sheldon said he got back from a job site and was just about to sit down for lunch.

"Our neighbor came by and literally went, 'have you checked outside?'" he said. "So I take a peek outside and the water is maybe an inch already so I just scramble, start unplugging electronics just everything trying to get it up off the ground as high as possible. I ran out here saw that it was already starting the seep through and I had maybe seven minutes to try and get as much stuff off the ground as possible." 

Sheldon said the drain was filled with leaves which made it clog and that's what caused the rain to rush down the slope and flood their business.

"Once they finally got the drain fixed me and other people at the complex got squeegees and just spent hours trying to get it out of here," Metcalf said.

"And so when you did get here and you saw what it looked like what were you feeling what was going through your head that I was being tested my faith I just I can't wrap my head around any of this but you know what I'm gonna be ok I really am the community has been absolutely awesome I didn't expect my business to go underwater I didn't expect my house to catch fire but I'll land on my feet and I'll land and keep running," Metcalf said.

Even though Metcalf has experienced much devastation in the past couple weeks, he said he will continue to have hope and run his business, installing floors with the carpets and product he has left.

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