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Flash flood concerns in North Complex burn scar

Rain is hitting the North Complex burn scar area tonight. One fire survivor is preparing for potential threats in his area.

Posted: Nov 17, 2020 6:13 PM

FEATHER FALLS, Calif. - Action News Now spoke with one homeowner who lives in his home which is one of the three homes still standing in the Enterprise area in Feather Falls. 

“Just hoping that we don’t have a real heavy winter because if we do have a heavy winter, we are going to have a problem,” said Gene Cardoza. 

Cardoza stayed back to save his home when the North Complex fire tore through the area. He said dealing with first the fire and now flooding is very frustrating. 

"You save your house then you get wiped out by a mudslide," said Cardoza. "I mean, it’s like you fight one thing and then you got to fight another." 

Cardoza is doing anything he can to protect his home, again. 

“I’ve been taking the leaves and raking them into a pile, and I have a quad with a trailer on it, and I take it over to any place that looks like it might have a mudslide or something," explained Cardoza. "I have been throwing the leaves on there to slow the water down but some of these places are so steep, I am not sure that is going to work."

Butte County Public Works said they have plans in place to help protect the homes that still stand. 

“We have coordinated with the National Weather Service out of Sacramento to look at burn scars in general," said Assistant Director Radley Ott for Butte County Public Works. "We had a coordinating call with the Department of Water Resources and a lot of other entities so that we are on the same page.”

Ott also said that Cal Fire is out driving around to assess which areas are more at risk. But, Cardoza is not relying on any help.

“If it looks like an area that is going to wash into my property, then yeah I am going to have to do something because most of these neighbors are not coming back," said Cardoza. 

Cardoza said that if any of his property gets damaged due to flooding, he will still rebuild in the area.

Fire survivors with standing homes who feel they might be at flood risk can call the National Conservation Service in Oroville to get assistance with flood mitigation options.

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