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People in Chico sand-bagging up in preparation for wet weather

County and city crews are on standby in the case of flooding this weekend.

Posted: Oct 22, 2021 6:31 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Heavy storms are on the way and areas that flooded back in 2019 are getting ready this time around.

Neighbors living on Hicks Ln. in North Chico remember the flooding from last time all too well. One neighbor told Action News Now his swimming pool completely overflowed causing damage to his home and yard.

Pat Petersen moved to the area just two years ago and missed the 2019 flooding, but has heard about all the damage it caused.

Today, she was having a new gutter system installed on her roof because of all the leaves around her home.

“You have to be prepared for your sewer system, your drainage and just in places where you can find sand and the sandbags, just in preparation,” Petersen said.

Petersen is also looking at the drainage system in the back of her home to make sure the water is flowing in the right direction.

Public Works Manager for the City of Chico, Skyler Lipski, told Action News Now this kind of vigilance is important.

“If they do have any drains in their area, if they are able to clear them safely we really appreciate all the help we can get,” Lipski said. “That helps us keep our roadways clear for the remaining traveling public as well.”

Petersen plans on calling her son-in-law if the area starts to flood to help her and her husband secure their home.

Other areas like Wilson Landing Rd., just north of Chico, also had the floods rip through their area in March 2019.

The county has not made any changes to the infrastructure since the last major storms, but crews are paying extra attention to the high-prone flood areas.

"We recommend bringing in or tying down outdoor appliances such as lawn furniture, grills, trash cans and be prepared in gathering emergency supplies like sandbags ahead of time,” Ashley Snyder from Butte County Public Works said.

The 2019 storm caused the orchards to overflow. Patrick Gilmore lives just a few streets away from where some of the major floodings happened and have been washed out in the past.

"We've had three times in 40 years where we've had some problems,” Gilmore said. “My entire backyard was an inch from 4'11."

Public Works is asking people to check their property by clearing gutters, culverts and any debris in ditches so the water has a place to drain.

With the forecasted high wind, it is also important to drive carefully and watch for fallen limbs or trees. You should avoid driving in flooded areas, as just six inches of rain can make you lose control of your vehicle.

Click here to find a full list of locations where the county is handing out sandbags to prepare for the wet weekend.

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