Flooding concerns in Chico

The rainy season is causing huge piles of wet leaves and flooding concerns in Chico.

Posted: Dec 4, 2019 6:47 PM

CHICO, Calif.- People in Chico say they're fed up with the large piles of leaves around town and are concerned about possible flooding. 

Adam Murphy-Gonzales lives near downtown Chico, he says his biggest concern is that the floodings will affect his house.  The large piles of leaves are not only causing flooding concerns but also a big inconvenience for some people. 

Cheri Neal says, "It's pretty annoying, they get really soggy when it rains and no one seems to come pick them and the piles just get super huge and parking is already tight on these streets, so then when you have a pile a leaves taking up one or more parking spots it's frustrating if you have to park several feet away from where you live."

Public Works employee, Eric Penrod says, "Well you know it has the potential to clog up the gutters and drains so we also have sewer crews out clearing the drains as well to try to keep the water from flooding or standing in one spot."

He also says crews cleaned up areas near the Bidwell Mansion, Esplanade and Ivy Street on Wednesday. 

Public Works says they're working around the clock to pick up as many leaves as they can around town. They also have designated drop-off areas on North Cedar Street and Marigold Avenue in Chico. 

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