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Flash Flood Watch in Place for Butte County

A widespread flash flood watch is in place for areas affected by the Camp Fire from 10 p.m. on Wednesday to 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Posted: Nov 28, 2018 5:36 PM
Updated: Nov 28, 2018 5:43 PM

CONCOW, Calif. - A widespread flash flood watch is in place for areas affected by the Camp Fire from 10 p.m. on Wednesday to 10 a.m. on Thursday.

"My concern is the runoff on the road and keeping the ditches open, that's what going to wash out," said Craig Stanton, a Concow resident.

Craig Stanton has lived on Yellow Wood Road for 30 years and this isn't the first time he's seen a flash flood in his area.

"If the road washes out then we're done and it happened last year and it happened the year before," said Stanton.

Stanton spent the morning maintaining the road leading to his home.

"You can see I don't have my shovel with me, but I came in earlier and I cut this ditch across here and I opened up those so the water can at least flow out and get into the ditch," said Stanton. 

Cal Fire Butte County recommends residents like Stanton keep an eye on drainage ditches from clogging up.

"I'm in the bottom of a little drainage and it has plugged up before and we've done a lot of work to try and do that, if it gets plugged that'll do it," said Stanton.

Stanton stayed behind during the evacuation order and is ready to defend his home again.

"I did my 100 foot defensible. Kind of like what's come to me. If no one is around to defend it, that can be a problem," said Stanton.

The map below displays estimates of the likelihood of debris flow in areas affected by the Camp Fire. Mobile users, CLICK HERE

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Today we are expected showers in the Valley and snow levels dropping to 4,000 feet by Saturday morning. We dry out Saturday-Tuesday with a chance for another storm on Wednesday. Sunday and Monday night lows could near freezing.
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