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Paynes Creek community concerned over flooding

Community members from the town of Paynes Creek in Tehama County reached out to Action News Now with frustration over street flooding.

Posted: Mar 7, 2019 4:54 PM

TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif. - Community members from the town of Paynes Creek in Tehama County reached out to Action News Now with frustration over street flooding.

A neighbor in the area named Mark said that the creek in the area was diverted in order to build a new school. A grate was put in to help with the situation, however, the drain clogs because the system can't hold the amount of water that flows from the mountains.

Many in the town have expressed frustration.

"We just constantly heard well the state engineers say it'll work," he said. "Well the proof now is that they've done that and all the flood water now goes through the town of Paynes Creek instead of taking the natural channel town it had out of town."

The water has even damaged homes. 

"The last time it came through our house it actually took water inside which we've lost all of our carpeting and all kinds of other things, kids toys, you name it." 

Mark said he's reached out to the county and the state about this issue.

"Other people through town had water in their vehicles," he said. "There's another building right back here that was under 4 feet of water and no one really seems to want to do anything.

Action News Now reached out to the Tehama County Director of Public Works Tim Mcsorley a couple of times to address this issue, but the administration said he was out of the office.

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